MSN Messenger

MSN Messenger for Windows 2000/NT 7.0

Old version of the popular messaging application

IMPORTANT: Microsoft is replacing Windows Live Messenger with Skype. All your contacts will be moved automatically. Take a look at The Complete Guide to Moving from Messenger to Skype for more information, alternatives and tips. View full description

PROS

  • Very easy to use
  • Lots of fancy customization options
  • Decent video conferencing function

CONS

  • No VoIP features to speak of
  • Filled with not-so-subtle plugs to MSN services

Very good
8

IMPORTANT: Microsoft is replacing Windows Live Messenger with Skype. All your contacts will be moved automatically. Take a look at The Complete Guide to Moving from Messenger to Skype for more information, alternatives and tips.

MSN Messenger has been perhaps the biggest hitter of the IM world for some time now and this update adds a range of cool new features designed to make your chatting experience even better. Additions include an interactive video conversation tool, "winks" - small animations that you can download and send to your pals - and dynamic display pictures that will change emotions based on the emoticons you send.

Of course, all the features that we've come to know (and in most cases, love) are still housed within MSN Messenger 7.5, such as a plethora of emoticons, the ability to check and send Hotmail directly from the client, and a slick contacts organizer.

Although the new version has improved video chat and contains the ability to send SMS messages, we can't help feeling that Microsoft has fallen behind in terms of technology. For instance, Skype allows you to perform most of the things that MSN Messenger does, as well as letting you make and receive PC phone calls. You also have the age-old problem of MSN taking over your client, as it's filled with even more ads, and a barrage of links to other areas of the MSN portal. A great client for beginners but it doesn't beat Skype for the more Net-savvy user.

Changes

  • Video Conversation
  • Nudges and animated winks
  • Dynamic Display Pictures
  • MSN search facility

MSN Messenger lets you chat online, in real time, with friends, family, and colleagues. It's faster than e-mail, more discreet than a phone call, and best of all – it's free! MSN Messenger is more than just text, it’s a great way to collaborate with co-workers or touch base with family and friends.

Using MSN Messenger you can even send an instant message to a contact’s mobile phone. Customization features help you personalize your chats and make your connections even more meaningful, and add a touch of your own personality to the proceedings.

MSN Messenger is designed to help you stay in control, giving you the option to sign into MSN Messenger and appear offline until you change your online status. What's more, it's up to you to choose to invite or accept an invitation to add users to your contact list. That way, people outside your list cannot communicate with you without your approval.

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MSN Messenger for Windows 2000/NT 7.0

— User reviews — about MSN Messenger

  • beccajames

    by beccajames

    "I love msn"

    It is usfal to get in tutch with friends bring it back and I like MSN . More.

    reviewed on April 5, 2015

  • joseph.rizzuto.96

    by joseph.rizzuto.96

    "Upgraders Beware!"

    Heads up! Skype does not contain all of the features of Messenger. The big one for me is it does not have the new email ... More.

    reviewed on August 27, 2013

  • annyyu22

    by annyyu22

    "Any one need help with your lost msn password? Follow me, PL"

    MSN Password Recovery is the best Messenger password recovery tool that instantly recovers and decrypts forgotten or los... More.

    reviewed on July 14, 2010

  • MEGAN-Yrrbby

    by MEGAN-Yrrbby

    "MSN Live..."

    When the new MSN Live came out, I didn't use it for a reason. I didn't care for it. I like the simplicity of having MSN ... More.

    reviewed on November 15, 2007

  • taquigraf

    by taquigraf

    "Soon to pass away"

    MSN used to be my favorite and I still use it often since most of my contacts are on it. The new version, MSN Live, i... More.

    reviewed on May 29, 2006