So the big news from MacBU this week was the release of Messenger for Mac 6. This was an important release for us because it was our first actual application that was shipped as a universal binary. For those keeping track, we previously shipped shipped some universal drivers, and the Microsoft Entourage.mdimporter file that we shipped as part of our 10.2.3 update last spring was universal, so we're getting there. In any case, hats off to the team for getting this out. Some of the new features in Messenger for Mac 6 include:

  • Universal binary
  • Yahoo Messenger contacts
  • Custom emoticons
  • Split windows
  • Spell check
  • Status messages
  • What I'm Listening To

Nicole over at the Inside Windows Live Messenger blog posted a little conversation between Windows Live Messenger and Messenger for Mac. Check it out here:

Messenger for Mac vs Windows Live Messenger
MM says:
    Hi, I am Messenger for Mac
WLM says:
    and, I am Windows Live Messenger (WLM) You look great, what has changed?
MM says:
    Thank you, I just got a makeover I am now 6.0!
Be sure to read the whole thing. :)

Other sites around the net picked up on the new version of Messenger. These include Eric Lam, ActiveWin, MSTechToday, O'Reilly E-Tel (Daniel has some comments and suggestions, which we'll note.), TUAW(Scott's comments are noted also.), and finally Paul Stamatiou (One of my favorite Mac bloggers) gave it a shout.

Of course, one of the big question left is about when we're going to get Audio/Visual support? Mary addressed that question in the MacMojo blog in this post.

Finally, I wanted to mention that Apple released Update 10.4.8 on Friday and it included a couple of fixes for Office for Mac. These fixes are:

  • Resolves an issue for Microsoft Word in which Word might stop responding when saving a file that uses certain OpenType fonts.
  • Resolves an issue for Microsoft PowerPoint in which the display resolution might not change as expected after switching from a PowerPoint presentation to a different application via Command-Tab.

A big thanks to Apple for getting these updates out there.

A commenter at TUAW noticed a significant performance increase in Word after installing the 10.4.8 update and it seems really fast after the update on my Macs also, though I haven't done any benchmarks on it. If you haven't installed the update yet, check your Word launch times before and after and see if there's any difference.

Have a nice week!