Microsoft sends word that it is updating Windows Live Messenger in the wake of the Wave 3 release:

The latest version of Windows Live Messenger (14.0.8064.0206) is now available for free download here.

Over the next month, if you’re still running versions 8.1 or 8.5, you’ll get a prompt encouraging you to upgrade to the latest version of Windows Live Messenger. If you accept the optional upgrade, the installer will launch and start your free upgrade.

If you already have older versions of any of these programs installed (ex. Windows Live Mail, Photo Gallery, or Toolbar), they’ll be automatically upgraded to their latest versions along with Messenger.

No word yet on whether Microsoft plans to make Messenger work properly (i.e. in the tray) in Windows 7, at least as an option.

Thanks to Sebastian V. for the tip.