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Windows Messenger is a proprietary instant messaging client included in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system.

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Pros

has relatively many features

1 agrees

aPatch can customize messenger heavily, remove ads

1 agrees

Minimal Interface, no clutter, low memory usage

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

not many features

6 agree

ads

4 agree

slow file transfers (aren't peer-to-peer)

4 agree

can't see photos

3 agree

has many stupid features

2 agree

service sucks

2 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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Windows Messenger is a proprietary instant messaging client included in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. It is also available for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003, beginning with version 5, but is not included in Windows Vista.

Windows Messenger should not be confused with the similarly-named Windows Live Messenger (formerly known as MSN Messenger), which is a separate instant messaging product available for download from Microsoft. It is also not related to the Messenger Service, which is a component of Windows NT's LAN Manager.

Windows Messenger has been superseded by Office Communicator in corporate environments and Windows Live Messenger for .NET Messenger Service connections.

Not to be confused with Windows Live Messenger

Developer:     Microsoft
Latest release:     5.1.0706 / June 4, 2007
OS:     Microsoft Windows
Genre:     Instant messaging client
License:     Freeware

Post Review
Jan
01/02/2008 11:18

It is included with Windows XP and Windows Live Messenger is a download from the Microsoft website. Some prefer to use Windows Messenger because it is more "lightweight" (or has less features you don't use) than Windows Live Messenger.

Amanie
12/14/2007 07:46

What's the difference between Windows Messenger and Windows Live Messenger? Using such similar names is just annoying.

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