This application has been discontinued
Messenger has moved to Small Skype iconSkype and is no longer available since April 2013.
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Windows Live Messenger

With Live Messenger you can chat online instantly in real time with friends, family and colleagues.

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With Live Messenger you can chat online instantly in real time with friends, family and colleagues. Its faster than e-mail, more discreet than a phone call. More Info »


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Link to official Windows Live Messenger site

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Windows Live Messenger (sometimes referred to as MSN, Messenger, Windows Messenger, WLM, Microsoft Messenger) was added by Stuck in Feb 2009 and the lastest update was made in Jul 2015. There is a history of activites on Windows Live Messenger in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Windows Live Messenger or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

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Does there exist any alternative capable of webcam communication with Live Messenger users?


Only with Small Skype iconSkype , if you login with your Microsoft account, you can transfer your Messenger contacts and make video calls.


I'm sad that now died because of facebook chat.... that is no doubt worse.
When I switched to Mac I realized that WL-Messenger sucks.
I loved it on windows.


Webcam feature often goes down and wont connect with other people at times. Its annoying because I use this to talk to long distance friends and family


Although I prefer Skype I still use Windows Live Messenger because it is certainly more popular with my friends than Skype. Although you can use all kinds of alternatives such as Trillian with your Windows Live ID I find that nothing compares to the official Windows Live Messenger.


WLM does have a useful feature, in that it supports the initiation of a Remote Assistance session - useful if you want to help out a friend or relative with something simple.


Very bloated software

Negative Comment by Mur about Windows Live Messenger Also mentioning: Pidgin Nov 2009

Very bloated software, I find pidgin to run much better and comes with more features like spell checking.