Update: Windows Live Messenger is not available anymore. This means that the skin cannot be used anymore as well. Microsoft seems to want to concentrate all efforts on the messaging service Skype instead.
If you use the instant messenger Messenger Live regularly you might also have looked around for options to customize it further. Customizing means removing options from or adding options to the software program, or changing the look and feel of it.
Avalon Concept 2009 is a Messenger Live Plus skin for Windows Live Messenger 2009 that can do all that. It requires an up to date installation of Windows Live Messenger and of Windows Live Messenger Plus.
The new skin for Windows Live Messenger can be downloaded here (no longer available). It is supplied as a .plsk file that can be double-clicked to add it to Windows Live Messenger. The new Windows Live Messenger skin adds many customization options to Windows Live Messenger. These changes can be divided into changes to the interface itself, and to the visual display of Windows Live Messenger.
The Messenger skin offers the means to hide many of the buttons that are displayed in Windows Live messenger like the games, video call or voice clip button. It can furthermore move selected toolbars or buttons to a new location, or align them differently in the instant messenger.
The second group of changes can be made to the visual appearance of Windows Live Messenger. It is possible to select different kinds of backgrounds for several windows including the logon, contact list anc chat window. Then different fonts and colors can be selected for various textual displays in Windows Live Messenger.
The skin provides the means to change the look and feels of Windows Live Messenger. It lists all the options in one window to make them easier accessible.
Update: The website the Messenger skin was offered on is no longer available. We have removed the link pointing to that site, and there does not seem to be an alternative download available at this point in time.
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