Messenger for Mac

Microsoft MSN Messenger for Mac

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PROS

  • Bonjour support
  • Search feature
  • Improved interface

CONS

  • Audio or video support only available to corporate users
  • Interface isn't changed much
  • Still includes pager button
  • Most improvements aimed at Corporate Service
  • Doesn't work with Live Communications Server 2005

Not bad
6

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.

Now that Messenger 8.0 supports video and audio webchats, not many users will see the need to use version 7.

However, if neither of these are particularly important to you then version 7 might still be useful to you. Of course, whichever version you choose, you still have to sign in using your Hotmail or Windows Live account. Once installed, the first thing you'll see is that Microsoft Messenger 7 offers a slightly updated interface to version 6.

Messenger 7 offers Bonjour support, so you can detect and connect with users on the same local network as you. Features like sending files, displaying a picture or emoticons are unchanged. You can change your display name and add a personal message just by clicking on them.

One new feature is that you can give nicknames to your friends. Just click on their display name and start typing. We also liked the search feature, which is really handy to quickly find a contact or email address.

It's obvious that this upgrade is aimed at corporate users as they get the most significant updates though. The highly touted audio and video feature, with which you can have video conferences with your contacts, is only available to them.

The same goes with detailed presence information, as you'll need a version of Office Communications Server 2007 to use it.

Corporate users will love the new features in Messenger for Mac 7, like Bonjour Support, detailed presence information and especially audio and video. General users will find barely anything different from version 6 and should download Microsoft Messenger 8.0.

Changes

  • Important Messenger for Mac 7.0.3 does not work with Live Communications Server 2005. If your organization uses Live Communications Server 2005, you should use Messenger for Mac Version 6.0.

Messenger for Mac 7 is an integrated communications client that enables you to communicate with contacts within and outside your organization.

Messenger for Mac 7 is a Universal application that is built to run on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs and makes it easy to take advantage of the full power of real-time communications.

Messenger for Mac

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Messenger for Mac 7.0.3

— User reviews — about Messenger for Mac

  • Madelonetjj

    by Madelonetjj

    "Issues"

    I've used it for a while but went back to 6.0 later. I hate the fact that you can't use/see emoticons or display picture... More.

    reviewed on April 11, 2011

  • acabcity12

    by acabcity12

    "gio"

    it s very good i like it but i thing it needs some updates like pictures emoticons nudges the video call is excellent . More.

    reviewed on July 18, 2010

  • zakarama@hotmail.com

    by zakarama@hotmail.com

    "Messenger8"

    Very limited features compare to messenger for windows/pc , it keep on change my profile name, i can not see the picture... More.

    reviewed on June 17, 2010

  • Gavstar

    by Gavstar

    "very basic but better than V8 beta! :("

    Basically - Crap! No video / webcam or audio support... very very basic... however, I tried the beta V8 and that was... More.

    reviewed on May 11, 2010

  • G.race

    by G.race

    "It's doing my head in to be honest!"

    Every time i open it im lucky if it stays on longer than five seconds it completely freezes and the timer appears, which... More.

    reviewed on April 11, 2010

  • MageX

    by MageX

    "if I held my breath for v8 having PPC support, I might pass out"

    I'm currently stuck with Messenger v7 as I'm a PPC user. However, if v8 comes out of beta with PPC support, I'll be hap... More.

    reviewed on April 2, 2010