Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 622 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.0.8117.0416
  • Total Downloads:
    24,370,243
  • Date Added:
    September 03, 2009
  • File Size:
    1.09MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    54
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/Server 2008

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Editors' Review

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Previously known as MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger is Microsoft's answer to instant messaging. While largely the same as its predecessor, Windows Live Messenger is unique for allowing you to share folders and files locally with fellow users. It also serves up the usual animated emoticons, winks, and buzzes, along with multiplayer gaming, free PC-to-PC calling, mobile phone messaging, and video chatting. Plus it adds VoIP capabilities that let you call telephones around the world for a fee. Its one major omission, though, is it lacks the capability to receive inbound calls from landlines or cell phones, a service that competitor Yahoo Messenger with Voice offers.

Once installed, Windows Live Messenger displays a drop-down menu of features along the top, contacts within the center pane, a search box on the bottom, and tabs for eBay, Rhapsody, and other services along the left. Microsoft fans will like the integration with MSN Spaces and the company's other properties. Also a plus is that Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Live Messenger now let you directly connect with buddies who use either tool. To do so in the past, you'd have to use a tool such as Trillian.

We like Windows Live Messenger's Sharing Folders feature, which lets you to transfer files to and from your buddy's computer by displaying a mirror of each others' files on your desktops. The service can also store hundreds of contacts, and with a Webcam installed, you can make video chats with a full 640x480-pixel screen. In fact, we recommend Windows Live Messenger's video chat over that of other IM tools. Anyone who is entrenched within the Microsoft world will probably be best served by this particular IM client.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.0

    out of 214 votes

    • 5 star 43
    • 4 star 47
    • 3 star 45
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 55
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 622 votes

    • 5 star 189
    • 4 star 162
    • 3 star 99
    • 2 star 52
    • 1 star 120
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  • 1 stars

    "I don't use it because somebody hack me"

    August 10, 2012   |   By salwa1983

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.0416

    Pros

    I don't use it now because somebody hack my computer because of it long time ago

    However, I like skype it's easy free, secure and simple

    Cons

    I get hacked log time ago

    Summary

    I don't like it I like skype

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  • 1 stars

    "IMPOSSIBLE to Uninstall!"

    June 08, 2012   |   By quandelacyas

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.0416

    Pros

    When I used it, it was a nice feature, but IM'ing has become an outdated service for me.

    Cons

    Do not want this on my computer, I don't use it nor have any need for it any longer and wish to uninstall it, which so far has proven to be an impossible process.

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  • 5 stars

    "it's great"

    February 18, 2012   |   By Kennneth-wu

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.0416

    Pros

    i'm a student of china and i want to make friends with anyone wo would like to chat with me ,and i want to learn english well ,so i think it's a good ideal to use this software ,however i don't know well about it..how to add others ...and who would like to be friend with me ....my e-mail is 405211763@qq.com

    Cons

    i 'm not familar with it

    Summary



    Updated on Feb 18, 2012

    maybe this way is stupid ..but i can do thing else

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  • 1 stars

    "Avoid at all costs"

    January 11, 2012   |   By Vanillaman

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.0416

    Pros

    None whatsoever

    Cons

    This is why I want to give up on Windows Live Messenger completely. It is almost impossible to install and uninstall. The whole process is utterly infuriating. For some bizarre reason, Messenger has decided not to co-operate, and I can no longer open it. It is clearly not installed on my system anymore. However, whenever I try to reinstall it, I'm blocked, as I am falsely told that I already have it installed? And, you can forget about support. Forums are just another word for "Accountability avoidance". Grrr!!

    Summary

    Utterly infuriating and illogical install process and no support.

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  • 2 stars

    "Live Messenger 11 is a failure"

    December 05, 2011   |   By douggan

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.0416

    Pros

    Slick and pretty interface
    Operates smoothly
    Integrates facebook
    Free

    Cons

    Option to block contacts removed.
    Bloated with ads, need to use A-Patch to remove ad ware.
    Ugly emoticons.
    Deleted contacts can still contact you.
    Display name is tied to your hotmail account and will not allow use of alias' anymore.
    Adding contacts doesn't work sometimes.

    Summary

    Live messenger used to be known as MSN messenger and it used to be a nice chat program. Now it's become sadly disappointing. Considering the amount of money and technical power Microsoft has at its command it is truly shocking something as awful as Live Messenger can come out of that organisation especially as they had something good before.

    Now we have a chat client full of ads, an interface that automatically opens a gratuitous Windows Live portal window, you can no longer block contacts, adding new contacts sometimes fails and the list goes on.

    Recommend to use something else instead eg Pidgin and wait for MS to hopefully release something decent in Live Messenger 12.

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  • 5 stars

    "a wonderful software"

    November 23, 2011   |   By fanweiln

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.0416

    Pros

    You can IM with your windows messanger freinds. I love how it connects with your hotmail account!

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    Very Nice Software

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  • 5 stars

    "I love this!"

    November 22, 2011   |   By wuzheei

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.0416

    Pros

    You can IM with your windows messanger freinds. I love how it connects with your hotmail account!

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    This is a very nice IM tool.

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  • 4 stars

    "I love this!"

    November 18, 2011   |   By klausvv

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.0416

    Pros

    You can IM with your windows messanger freinds. I love how it connects with your hotmail account!

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    This is a very nice IM tool

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  • 5 stars

    "Better than ever"

    November 16, 2011   |   By pinguolie

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.0416

    Pros

    easy to use,dont have to open other progams

    Cons

    Don't have anything to complain for.

    Summary

    I use the software every day

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  • 4 stars

    "Better than ever"

    November 16, 2011   |   By fuguoshen

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.0416

    Pros

    100% improvement

    Cons

    none so far

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    General
    Publisher Microsoft
    Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
    Release Date September 03, 2009
    Date Added September 03, 2009
    Version 14.0.8117.0416
    Category
    Category Communications
    Subcategory Chat
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.09MB
    File Name wlsetup-custom.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 24,370,243
    Downloads Last Week 54
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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