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Windows Live Messenger

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This program improves on its predecessor, MSN Messenger, with the ability to share folders and files locally with fellow users. Windows Live Messenger also serves up the standard emoticons, multiplayer-only gaming, free PC-to-PC calling, mobile phone messaging, and video chatting in a full 640x480-pixel screen. VoIP capabilities allow you to call telephones around the world for a fee, although you can't receive inbound calls from landlines or cell phones.

During the quick installation, Windows Live Messenger offers optional shortcuts, a sign-in assistant, and Rhapsody music software, as well as the ability to change your Internet Explorer home page to MSN. You can store up to 600 contacts, integrated with your Windows Live Mail account. We found the integration a bit heavy-handed, especially when links opened in IE rather than our default browser. Also, like most dedicated chat clients, the program is a memory hog.

The Sharing Folders feature lets you and your buddy transfer files by displaying a mirror of each others' files. You can drag and drop files into the chat window or Sharing Folder. Microsoft includes a free scanner for checking files for viruses, but it didn't recognize our Symantec AntiVirus. It's unclear whether the shared files are stored on both computers or on Microsoft servers, but you can access the files offline. We wish help were offline, too, especially since the online help is so general. While Windows Live Messenger isn't yet the ultimate communications hub, it's a solid, fun, multimedia chatting tool.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 622 votes

    • 5 star: 189
    • 4 star: 162
    • 3 star: 99
    • 2 star: 52
    • 1 star: 120
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 215 votes

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    • 4 star: 71
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  • 5.0 stars

    "A very great thing to have"

    October 24, 2010  |   By marii092

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.0816

    Pros

    It's the best compared to all the others. I like that you can do a lot of customizing to make it personal. It has a lot of features and is not too plain. It's also very easy to use :)

    Cons

    I have never had a problem with it in the past and I hope downloading it from here won't change that.

    Summary

    I downloaded 9.0 (or windows live essentials 2011) and I hated it. This version is better in my opinion because you can customize a lot. I liked 8.5 from the moment I got it and I don't think that will ever change.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This the best, please keep me logged-in"

    October 20, 2010  |   By rosebud09

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.0816

    Pros

    It has everything...others are so confusing.

    Cons

    There is nothing I don't like but the only thing is that I'm having such a hard time getting it back.

    Summary

    I like this messenger 8.5 and nothing else compares.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "its greatlol"

    June 29, 2009  |   By senaru_ereno

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.0816

    Pros

    it was fast

    Cons

    not much my life lol

    Summary

    well it was good because it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The WLM which works with any webcam"

    January 22, 2009  |   By eplaye

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.0816

    Pros

    Nice and easy to use.

    Cons

    Nothing important.

    Summary

    Helpful as a backup for WLM 9 which cannot works with my webcam, from an ordinary provider though.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "i love to shop am really pretty and trust me u willlove"

    November 6, 2008  |   By sxysxygirl

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.0816

    Pros

    i like this product because i can meet man and plenty more yeah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!k

    Cons

    i love everything about this dam product ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Summary

    i love it"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

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  • 5.0 stars

    "ou are working with others using window"

    October 15, 2008  |   By maelalfy22

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.0816

    Pros

    it was 100x better than anything else. A VERY nice lookiit before, so I decided to try it.nd nudges, winks, cool emoticons, dynamic AND normal backgrounds, change the co

    Cons

    normal backgrounds, change the colour of everything to persomalize it, cHeck your email in 1 click, send nudges, winks, cool emoticons, dynamic AND normal backgrounds, change the co

    Summary

    it before, so I decided to try it. I signed up easily and fast, and signed in. HOLY CR*P! Just be seeing it for the first time I knew it was 100x better than anything else. A VERY nice looking program, very easy to use. I like that you can check your email in 1 click, send nudges, winks, cool emoticons, dynamic AND normal backgrounds, change the co

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great for online chatting, sharing files etc.."

    September 3, 2008  |   By thestonegodsrock

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.0816

    Pros

    great software for chatting all over the world you can share files, play games and make free video calls!

    Cons

    None this is great software

    Summary

    10/10 love windows live messenger i use it everyday!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "a good tool"

    August 27, 2008  |   By vivienkki

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.0816

    Pros

    It is easy to use . And you can change the interface's color as you like, it's customizable.

    Cons

    Sometimes have internet connection problem.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "chatting with friends--> windows live messenger"

    August 20, 2008  |   By Frederikae

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.0816

    Pros

    my first choice :D

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  • 5.0 stars

    "all i need"

    August 16, 2008  |   By siferhumen

    Version: Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.0816

    Pros

    i don't get why yahoo messenger is popularity is so high but all i can say is MSN is the best of the best i know.

    Cons

    noting

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