Windows Live Wave 5 icons hint at web-based video chat

By Tom Warren, on 8th Aug 11 2:51 pm with 12 Comments

Microsoft appears to be planning its own web-based video chat for Windows Live Wave 5.

The software giant is busy readying its latest update to the various Windows Live online services. LiveSide has spotted updated icons that hint at a web-based version of Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger video chat service. The icons are believed to be from the latest Wave 5 web versions of Windows Live Messenger and include new video status logos.

Microsoft has been increasingly tight-lipped about its upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Live feature sets. The company is due to hold its BUILD conference in just over a month’s time where it will unveil more about the future of Windows and Windows Live. Microsoft’s Windows Live Cloud services are believed to play a significant role in Windows 8, providing file sync and account settings cloud based backup.

Microsoft’s Wave 5 of Windows Live products could also see the company unveil its first integration work with Skype. The software giant announced its intentions to purchase Skype in May. Microsoft’s deal is valued at $8.5 billion cash. Skype CEO Tony Bates recently revealed that the deal could be complete as early as October. The deal will pave the way for Skype on Xbox, Windows Live, Outlook and others.

Windows Live Wave 5 video icons

  • Ion

    I love the move to the cloud with HTML5 and everything. They need to continue this trend. But…Hotmail Plus is ripoff! 20 dollars for something Exchange Online can do for 5 dollars…completely ad-free. Hotmail should no longer have ads because SkyDrive doesn’t, neither do some other Windows Live services… Plus signing up for Hotmail Plus uses the Wave 1 look…

    • phil jay

      If theres a web based video chat, it’s most probably gonna be Silverlight based(and lets just hope not that native skype plugin), which could mean something like Skype on silverlight, which would be really sweet =) html is not up to the task yet.

      I don’t know much about Hotmail Plus, just that I removed all the ads myself( using stylebot on chrome)…

  • BieberHole69

    hope to see this integrated with the new line of WP7 devices? possibly with the front facing camera?

  • BieberHole69

    hope to see this integrated with the new line of WP7 devices? possibly with the front facing camera?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000678662470 Vincent Haakmat

    All these Microsoft’s Audio/Video projects are starting to get confusing.

  • Grannyville7989

    I wish Microsoft would update their Live Essentials suite at a more regular pace :)

    Plus, I hope that the next update comes with a Metro UI look. I’m really not liking the Ribbon UI in Live Mail or Photo Gallery very much. I’m finding it very top heavy these days.

  • Grannyville7989

    I wish Microsoft would update their Live Essentials suite at a more regular pace :)

    Plus, I hope that the next update comes with a Metro UI look. I’m really not liking the Ribbon UI in Live Mail or Photo Gallery very much. I’m finding it very top heavy these days.

    • http://twitter.com/TechDudeGeorge George S

      It likely will as it’ll more than likely be integrated with Windows 8 so have heavy Metro UI and most likely a tile icon and UI.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, no more beveled glass please! =/ Hopefully they’re just for legacy Windows versions (Windows 7 and earlier).

    • Dude

      Metro > Glass

  • http://openid.tomservo.eu/ Tom Servo

    Wave 5 sure doesn’t make any strides to look Metro. Not judging these icons, anyway.

  • Zomocle

    Movie Maker must be ported to at least at the equal level of IMovie. Messenger must be fused with SkypeLive mail must be improved or eliminated in favour of WebMail
    Silverlight must be included directly into Windows
    Photogallery must be improved with much photo retouching features
    Speed improvement in all the suite, expecially PhotoGallery and Metro Style is a MUST.