Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.5.1288.0816
  • Total Downloads:
    24,364,932
  • Date Added:
    October 24, 2005
  • File Size:
    1.09MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    256
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 215 votes

    • 5 star 87
    • 4 star 71
    • 3 star 28
    • 2 star 10
    • 1 star 19
  • 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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5 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 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 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 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 stars

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

November 06, 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

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5 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 stars

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

September 03, 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date October 24, 2005
Date Added October 24, 2005
Version 8.5.1288.0816
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows XP, Vista
Download Information
File Size 1.09MB
File Name wlsetup-custom.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 24,364,932
Downloads Last Week 256
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations None.
Price Free

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