Windows Live Messenger Review

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kiyawhite's review of Windows Live Messenger


“MSN Messenger has always been a huge hit, having more...”

Written on: 05/09/2006 by kiyawhite (56 reviews written)

Good Points
Brilliant structure
Logical and well-built interface
Nice optional features
Software used on the still most-used Instant Messaging network worldwide
MSN Messenger 7 and later connectivity problems solved

Bad Points
Still built along the same design lines as MSN Messenger 7.5
Could potentially become a priced software in the future

General Comments
MSN Messenger has always been a huge hit, having more favour shown towards it than it's original structure of Windows Messenger. However, the launch of Windows Live Messenger saw an end to that, because MSN Messenger users were persuaded to try it's latest twin.

The user experience itself isn't that different from MSN Messenger 7.5. It runs on 32-bit, and unfortunately, it shows no signs of having 64-bit support for Windows Vista in the future, although it should still be able to run on the Operating System. Graphics look a lot better, although they are still based along the same runs as any other 32-bit graphics. I guess the colour selection and the way they have been put together improves the look and feel of the overall graphic experience of the software.

The terrible connectivity issues that MSN Messenger users so often experience seem to be non-existent with Windows Live Messenger. The connection method doesn't seem to have changed, but the way the software deals with the messaging server may have altered, but only examining the server will fully reveal that.

A catch however, has been aroused in business news. There have been rumours that in the future Microsoft could take a liking to the idea of charging for their improved Instant Messaging service. Then again though, this idea would only become a reality in a number of years time, so you've still got a while!

Overall, the software has to have improved, and it should improve your Instant Messaging experience.

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