Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger 2011 2011

The new Windows Live Messenger, more social than ever

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PROS

  • Great social features
  • Highly customizable
  • Tabbed conversations
  • New emoticons

CONS

  • No support for Windows XP
  • Twitter is not included among supported services

Very good
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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.

Windows Live Messenger 2011 is finally here. Far from being just a chat program, the all-new Microsoft instant messaging client is now a complete communications center with support for social networks.

As with previous versions, Windows Live Messenger 2011 is part of the Windows Live Essentials suite, which also includes other apps such as Mail, Writer, Sync, Companion, Family Safety, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker, as well as the Bing Bar. Luckily the installation process lets you choose exactly which apps you want on your system.

Windows Live Messenger features a revamped interface. Right after launching it, and thanks to new integration with other services such as Facebook, MySpace and YouTube, the so-called Social Highlights lets you check your friends’ latest news and status messages at a glance. If you still prefer the old style, worry not: Windows Live Messenger lets you switch to the traditional contact list by using the Contacts mode. Bear in mind though that if you use a different email account for your social networks, you’ll have to connect the services on the Windows Live website.

Besides the social element, everything else is pretty much the same on Windows Live Messenger 2011, only with a slightly fresher appearance. You can still do video and voice calls, play online games with your friends, share files, and of course customize the program’s appearance with skins and color themes. Emoticons have been revamped, and – finally! – you can have multiple conversations tabbed in one single window.

The main drawback to the all-new Windows Live Messenger 2011 is that it only works on Windows Vista and Windows 7. So if you still use Windows XP you’ll have to stick to the old version – or upgrade your system!

Windows Live Messenger 2011 is the long-awaited new version of Microsoft’s IM client, now integrated with social networks and other services.

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— User reviews — about Windows Live Messenger

  • TooSlickk

    by TooSlickk

    "Not Worth it at All"

    Its Absoloutly crap i hate it i cant even sign outt i like the old one better and you cant do nothing on it either i blo... More.

    reviewed on October 11, 2013

  • angrymuffin

    by angrymuffin

    "MSN Downgraded"

    I have been using MSN for over 10 years now and happily accepted each upgrade without a complaint. The plain Messenger 7... More.

    reviewed on July 6, 2012

  • Sasha uniden

    by Sasha uniden

    "msn 2011 fail sadly"

    At first i thought cool new msn, when i saw my first and last name was now my display name i was pissed off, why the hel... More.

    reviewed on July 5, 2012

  • brokendream

    by brokendream

    "worest Msn 2011 essentials ever"

    i so agree with Aecetia, it's cuz most of us was that is using Vista or window 7 was mostly force to use the new version... More.

    reviewed on June 21, 2012

  • MelbWesty

    by MelbWesty

    "Msn 2011 essentials avoid it like the plague."

    I think the guys at MS are psyhopaths. I have vista and now MSn live messenger does not work at all. It crashs right a... More.

    reviewed on June 21, 2012

  • "New Messenger Beware"

    What absolute rubbish new messenger is both boxes totally go black and cannot type, had to repair this version 6 times i... More.

    reviewed on April 20, 2012