I thought I would share with cyberspace some of the tools that I use with Live messenger to improve it.
First of all if you don't know what live messenger is go here and read my blog posts.
You can download live messenger here : http://download.live.com
Tool 1: A-Patch the messenger customization tool! (free). I am a minimalist, so flashing banners of live messenger are not my thing. They distract me, so I like to reduce the clutter of the UI of messenger. Using A-Patch you can do numerous tweaks (including removing the advertising banners) of live messenger
A-Patch for Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Wave 3 RC
Version: 1.43 (build 1)
Compatibility: Windows Live Messenger 9.0 (14.0.8050.1202)
What it can do: http://apatch.org/features.php
Tool 2: Messenger PLUS! – free - (updated to work with live messenger 2009 final version)
This live messenger extender program can do a LARGE amount of things to improve and extend messenger, including: skinning, multi-tab chat interface, messenger contact icons on the desktop, auto accept file transfers and other requests, a MUCH BETTER history of chats, and much much much more since apart from all the built in stuff, it also supports scripts that you can see here
Read about all the features: http://www.msgpluslive.net/features/
Browse the skins: http://www.msgpluslive.net/skins/
See the scripts: http://www.msgpluslive.net/scripts/
Tool 3: Not freeware but worth mentioning: IMSpellchecker XP ($19.90)
You know how you are embarrassed all the time when your friends laugh with your bad spelling mistakes while text messaging, or you are talking with a business associate and you come across like an uneducated blundering fool? Well here is your solution!
IMSpellchecker XP adds spell check and autocorrecting features to your favorite Instant Messenger. It is a powerful while ease-to-use application for improving your typing abilities.
Program runs silently in the background. It checks spelling and corrects misspellings or typos automatically as you type.
Autocorrecting technology replaces common known typos on-the-fly, increasing your typing performance
Spell check add-on currently works with:
Windows Live Messenger
Home page http://www.interactivegt.com/index.htm