MSN Messenger

MSN Messenger for Windows 98/Me 7.0

The popular messaging application for Windows 98 and Me

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. View full description

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

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.

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

Although the new 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. A great client for beginners but it doesn't beat Skype for the more Net-savvy user.

MSN Messenger lets you chat online, in real time, with friends, family, and colleagues. It's faster than e-mail, more discreet than a phone call, and best of all � it's free! MSN Messenger is more than just text, it�s a great way to collaborate with co-workers or touch base with family and friends.

Using MSN Messenger you can even send an instant message to a contact�s mobile phone. Customization features help you personalize your chats and make your connections even more meaningful, and add a touch of your own personality to the proceedings.

MSN Messenger is designed to help you stay in control, giving you the option to sign into MSN Messenger and appear offline until you change your online status. What's more, it's up to you to choose to invite or accept an invitation to add users to your contact list. That way, people outside your list cannot communicate with you without your approval.

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MSN Messenger for Windows 98/Me 7.0

User reviews about MSN Messenger

  • M!CH43L

    by M!CH43L

    "msn messenger"

    i think that msn messenger is great i think that every one should buy the new msn messenger cuz the msn is the best u ... More.

    reviewed on March 4, 2010