These are the new features in WLM 9 (currently in pre-beta stage) that are posted around the web.
- Sign-in and messaging in multiple locations up to four at once.
- Signature sounds.
- Per contact sounds.
- SPAM Reporting.
- Animated Display Pictures – supports animated .gif files as display pictures.
- Link in Personal Status Message
- URLs in Personal Status Messages are hot and clickable in the Messenger contact list.
- Behind the Scenes Changes
- Architectural changes that modified how things work but shouldn’t have changed how things look.
- Changes to sign-in, connectivity, presence, sending text IM’s, voice & video features.
- Windows Live Contacts Server
- wlcomm.exe runs in the background to keep your contacts’ information up-to-date and helps Messenger sign you in faster.