MSN Messenger

MSN Messenger for Windows XP 7.5.0322

New version of the popular messaging application

MSN Messenger has been perhaps the biggest hitter of the IM software world for some time now and this update adds a range of cool new features designed to make your chatting experience even better.

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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

Excellent
9

MSN Messenger has been perhaps the biggest hitter of the IM software world for some time now and this update adds a range of cool new features designed to make your chatting experience even better.

Features

Additions in MSN Messenger 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.

Usability

Although MSN Messenger's 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.

Discontinuation

While there are many MSN Messenger users, the program feels very outdated. It comes as no surprise that Microsoft has decided to kill MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger and replace it with the more modern and feature rich Skype.

Conclusion

MSN Messenger is a great IM client for beginners but it doesn't beat Skype for the more net-savvy user.

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.

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User reviews about MSN Messenger

  • Amy George

    by Amy George

    Good..
    It's good. I have used MSN in the past but accidently made some mistakes along the way.
    Pros: Messag...   More

  • by Anonymous

    I miss msn.
    They should bring back msn back because i want to log in to msn again
    Pros: I want it back
    ...   More

  • by Anonymous

    Msn needs to be brought back.
    I miss MSN, it was a great way to chat and talk through video to family or friends...   More

  • by Anonymous

    NEED my MSN back.
    I want it BACK. I already HAD Skype but my MSN was used for ONE person and One person only. I...   More

  • by Anonymous

    new msn.
    MSN was good as it was but skype is really complicated to use and the image is bad. it would be great t...   More

  • by Anonymous

    exellent.
    this one of the best messengers,i have ever used.it contains everything which i always wants. thanks.   More

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