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Windows Live Messenger


The new messenger has arrived.

Windows Live Messenger is a freeware I.M. app and developed by Microsoft for Windows.

The download has been tested by an editor here on a PC and a list of features has been compiled; see below.

One of the most used IM programs

Windows Live Messenger (formerly named MSN Messenger) is an instant messaging client created by Microsoft that is currently designed to work with Windows XP (up to Wave 3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Windows CE, Xbox 360, Blackberry OS, iOS, Java ME, S60 on Symbian OS 9.x, and Zune HD.

The client has been part of Microsoft's Windows Live set of online services since 2005. It connects to Microsoft's .NET Messenger Service. The client was first released as MSN Messenger.

Notable changes in Milestone 3 (Windows Live Messenger as we know it today) include a new revamped and refined user interface to follow suit with the rest of the Windows Live "Wave 3" design, the ability to set a "Scene" by customizing the background image and color of the contact list, and the display of these scenes in conversation windows for improved contact identification and window management.

Features of Windows Live Messenger

  • Appear offline to individuals or categories.
  • Includes many different free emoticons and winks.
  • Integrates nicely with social networks.
  • Interface of Live Messenger is customizable.
  • Microsoft includes many free (and paid) games and apps.
  • Offline messaging is optional.
  • Option to manage and share MSN contacts.
  • Photo sharing service included.

Compatibility and License

Windows Live Messenger is provided under a freeware license on Windows from instant messaging software with no restrictions on usage. Download and installation of this PC software is free and 14.0.8117.416 is the latest version last time we checked.

What version of Windows can Windows Live Messenger run on?

Windows Live Messenger can be used on a computer running Windows 11 or Windows 10. Previous versions of the operating system shouldn't be a problem with Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista having been tested. Windows XP is supported. It runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit systems with no dedicated 64-bit download provided.

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Windows Live Messenger has been picked by our editors as good software.
Windows Live Messenger has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Windows Live Messenger 14.0.8117.416 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans.