Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger

You can share photos and videos and play games with friends while you chat
This program has been superseded by Skype
4.2  (2,990 votes)

Windows Live Messenger combines the ability to chat with one or more friends online for fun, work, or both with voice calling, video conference, gaming, and mailing functions. The core of the program has not changed much from the previous versions, but adds a great array of new features that the user can surely benefit from.
With Windows Live Messenger, users can add users to their contact list and communicate with them in a one-to-one fashion or a conference instantly. They can express their moods with a great array of emoticons and animations, which can be customized. Users can also send short voice messages with only one click. If you get tired of seeing a white screen just with text and animations on it, you can start a video call and begin talking face to face with your contact - add a headset and you have a video chat call.
Other great features include remote assistance, which allows another user to control your PC temporarily to help you fix a software problem, carry out a complicated task, or just to have fun; the whiteboard, which allows to write using the mouse as your pen; and application sharing, which lets you share your applications.

José Fernández
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Review summary


  • Easy to use
  • Customizable
  • Great video and voice quality
  • Many people use Windows Live Messenger so you won't be bored online
  • Comes with Windows


  • Tends to be slow
  • The e-mail service that it works with can be annoying and utterly slow at times
  • Crashes sometimes
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