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Windows Live Messenger had almost 350 million users at the time. The ideas below are part of a set that explore Messenger fullscreen experiences as the core user scenarios expanded from Instant Messaging to full blown social networking.

Windows Live Messenger - fullscreen exploration

Injecting locale specific info, IM history, multi-modal communication into the top surface. Moving from contact list UI to presenting relationship strength. Surfacing up what’s new within the social network as a rich background image. Explore full screen background imagery for personal expression.

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Windows Live Messenger 8

Responsible for main window personalization, all conversation windows – single/multi-party/group/photo IM, personal expression, all dialogues and flyouts.

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Windows Live Messenger 8 - Signature Sound

Through Signature Sounds feature the user can assign a custom sound to an individual contact’s action (ex. contact comes online) within Messenger.

Windows Live Messenger 8 - Toasts

Themed notification system for Windows Live Messenger 8.

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Desktop gadget - Notes

Envisioned a lightweight communication system by re-imagining “notes” that sync across desktop, mobile and web. This one in particular captures a part of the desktop UX. You could “tear off” a note from the stack to delete it, flip it like a notebook etc. There are no drop down menus or flyouts.

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Windows Live Messenger 8 - exploratory UI

Early visual exploration for Messenger v8 – dynamic avatar, visual infographic of mail/IM history within UI, injecting personal expression of contacts in contact list, surfacing up zune connection, starting an activity with a contact from main window…

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Desktop calendar gadget

Sidebar gadget for Windows Live Calendar.

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Windows Live Spaces was Microsoft’s blogging and Social Networking platform. Responsible for the “Photos” experience.
Windows Live Spaces - Photos

Windows Live Spaces - Photos

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Windows Live Messenger 7 - personal expression

Personal expression UI and visual assets for Windows Live Messenger 7 – themes/emoticons/winks/display pictures.

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