This is the new chatbox. As you can see, there is a new icon in the upper left corner of the box of a person with a little 0 underneath.
While I still don't have any friends online, I have been informed that a new friend request has been sent to me. Let's go take a look at the friend's pane.
As you can see, I've got one item in the new pending tab.
And this is just a quick warning from Blizzard to those who are new to this feature. Don't just 'friend' anyone. Let's hit continue.
Alex Ziebart (my boss) has sent me a friend request. You'll notice he put a little message to let me know it's him ... or to let me know he's kickin' it old school. Let's not hit accept just yet. There's a couple other buttons and I'm always interested in other buttons.
If you think that Mr Ziebart wants to sell you saronite ore at a discount prices, then feel free to hit the 'Report Spam' button.
If you think Mr Ziebart is secretly stalking you and has a small shrine devoted to your shoes hidden away in a small nook of his house, then you might want to block him from ever trying to talk to you again. Or if you think he smells funny.
I've decided it might be a good idea to friend my boss. The information it displays immediately is a nice World of Warcraft icon on the right, his character name up at the top alongside his real name, and lastly his current location.
If we mouse-over his entry, we get additional information. He's playing his level 80 blood elf paladin and he's on the Broxigar server. Now would be a good time to point out that I'm on the Anasterian PTR server. So, I've got his current information while on a different realm.
At the top is a little box to set your current 'status' or announce something to all of your friends on battle.net. Let's put in a test entry.
When you send a message, it pops up in your chat window letting you know what information you've broadcast across the internet. Also, now that I've got a friend and he's online, I've got a little 1 under the friend icon in the upper-left corner.
Just showing the various statuses you can set and see on your friend. I'm currently set to available, but if you see Alex's box below it, he's also got the little dot showing online and playing.
Here's a quick look at the right-click menu. We've got a couple new features including 'Create Conversation' as well as 'View Friends'. As a quick note, we tried the whisper feature, but it appears this component isn't working just yet.
Here's the friends of menu. Okay, it's a little boring, but getting people onto the PTR has been a slight challenge this time around. Let's take a look at the drop-down menu.
This is Facebook-esque. You can see friends you have in common, friends of his that aren't on your friends list, or just look at all of the friends he has.
This is a little helpful tip from Blizzard on which types of friends to add to what. If you don't know them in real life then you probably shouldn't make them a Real ID friend. You are using your Battle.net account email login as the way they can find you after all.
Here's the new 'Add Friend' panel in the client. If you're adding a Real ID friend, additional info will pop up as soon as you hit the @ symbol in the email address. Just a quick note, the little (i) at the top will open that previous Real ID friend vs WoW friend panel that we just showed you.
As you can see, if you've entered in an email address, you get an additional section where you can put a greeting to let the person know who exactly you are. You could also just put a greeting if they're already expecting you.
By the way, it won't let you friend yourself.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the test realms we ended up seeing this a lot. Hopefully, we will start seeing it less and less as the bugs are worked out of the system during the PTR process.
Also, when Battle.net is down your little call-out box is gone and replaced with a message about how the system is down.
I included this as it is part of the new chat features. If you right-click the channel name you'll get a short menu with the option to 'Pop Out Chat.' This means you'll get a new tab devoted to that chat type. For whispers, you essentially get a devoted chat window for that person.
Now we've got a tab devoted to Trade chat. Let's take a look at the general chat tab.
Tada! Being as Trade is now in its own tab our General tab is now devoid of Trade chat.
Whenever one of your extra tabs updates information when it isn't being looked at, it will start flashing to let you know that it has new stuff for you.