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Encyclopedia > MSN Messenger
Developed by Microsoft
Latest release 7.0.0820 / September 11, 2007
OS Microsoft Windows
Genre Instant messaging client
License Freeware
Website http://webmessenger.msn.com

MSN Messenger is a freeware instant messaging client that was developed and distributed by Microsoft in 1999 to 2005 and in 2007 for computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system (except Windows Vista), and aimed towards home users. It was renamed Windows Live Messenger in February 2006 as part of Microsoft's Windows Live series of online services and software. For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ... Microsoft Messenger for Mac, previously MSN Messenger for Mac, is a production of the Macintosh Business Unit, a division of Microsoft. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Software developer (disambiguation). ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Code complete redirects here. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... Windows redirects here. ... // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ... In computing, a client is a system that accesses a (remote) service on another computer by some kind of network. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... The term Freeware refers to gratis proprietary software with closed source. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Windows redirects here. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... Windows Vista (pronounced ) is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ... Windows Live is the collective brand name for a set of services and software products from Microsoft. ...


MSN Messenger is often used to refer to the .NET Messenger Service (the protocols and server that allow the system to operate) rather than any particular client. The . ...

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Version Overview

MSN Messenger 1 (1.0.0863)

The first product release, released July 22, 1999. It included only basic features, such as plain text messaging and a simplistic contact list. is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ...


When MSN Messenger was first released it featured support for access to America Online's AIM Network. America Online continually tried to block Microsoft from having access to their service until eventually the feature was removed, and has not re-surfaced in any later versions of the software.[1] Now the software only allows connections to the .NET Messenger Service, requiring a Microsoft Passport Network account to connect, as well as limited contact with Yahoo Messenger. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is a free, advertisement-supported proprietary instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol. ... Microsoft Passport Network is a unified-login service provided by Microsoft that allows users to log in to many websites using one account. ... Categories: Computer stubs | Mac OS instant messengers | Windows instant messengers | Yahoo! ...


MSN Messenger 2 (2.0.0083)

MSN Messenger 2.0 Before signing in

Released November 16, 1999. Included a rotating advertising banner and the ability to slightly customize the appearance of the chat window. It came as an install option for Windows Me. Image File history File links MSN_Messenger_2. ... Image File history File links MSN_Messenger_2. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows Me (IPA pronunciation: [miː], [ɛm iː]), is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit graphical operating system released on September 14, 2000 by Microsoft. ...


MSN Messenger 3 (3.0.0080)

Released May 29, 2000. Included file transfers, PC to PC and PC to phone audio capabilities with Net2Phone, one of the first VOIP providers. is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Net2phone is a software/services company whose principal line of business is Session Initiation Protocol/SIP-based and PacketCable-based VoIP. External links [1] - official net2phone web site. ... IP Telephony, also called Internet telephony, is the technology that makes it possible to have a telephone conversation over the Internet or a dedicated Internet Protocol (IP) network instead of dedicated voice transmission lines. ...


MSN Messenger 4.6

Released October 23, 2001. Included major changes to the user interface, ability to group contacts and support for voice conversations. In this version it was renamed from the old "MSN Messenger Service" to just "MSN Messenger". is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


MSN Messenger 4.6 was based on Windows Messenger 4.0 and ran only on Windows 9x, ME, NT and 2000. Windows Messenger was provided for Windows XP. Windows Messenger is a (now deprecated) proprietary instant messaging client included in Microsofts Windows XP operating system. ...


MSN Messenger 5

Released October 24, 2002. Included UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) based file transfers and minor changes to the user interface artwork. This was the first version that was allowed to run alongside Windows Messenger on Windows XP, also Windows Media Player interface plug-in. MSN Messenger 5 no longer works on operating systems earlier than Windows 95. is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is a set of computer network protocols promulgated by the UPnP Forum. ... The user interface is the part of a system exposed to users. ...


MSN Messenger 6

Released July 17, 2003. MSN Messenger 6 was a major overhaul of the whole platform, upgradings its simple text-based interface to include customizable elements such as emoticons, personalized avatars and backgrounds. is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


MSN Messenger 6.1

This version focused on the conversation window, enabling users to hide the window frame and menu bar, and also the ability to change the theme colour. The theme colour can be set differently for each user. The protocol version was also updated to MSNP version 10. Mobile Status Notification Protocol (MSNP, which is not an acronym for Microsoft Network Protocol as is often believed) is the protocol employed by MSN Messenger and other clients like Trillian and Windows Messenger to communicate with the MSN Messenger switchboard servers. ...


MSN Messenger 6.2

Released April 22, 2004. This was the last version of the MSN Messenger 6 series, most notable changes were contacts with mobile capabilities were more distinguishable (including a dedicated Mobile group), a connection trouble-shooter and the Launch Site feature was renamed to Fun & Games.. is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


MSN Messenger 7.0

Released April 7, 2005. Brought along the winks features, which was previously only available in threedegrees. This version also advertises items to sell to you including animated display pictures, emoticons and backgrounds. The contact list window style was also updated to match instant message windows. This version also introduced the Xbox Live Integration feature. This is the last major MSN Messenger version for Windows 98 and Windows Me. This version also introduced drawn messages, using the in built white board feature. April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Winks are flash-based animated files that appear in MSN Messenger 7 and threedegrees. ... threedegrees or 3° (frequently referred to as Three Degrees) was a communication and P2P application produced by Microsoft. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... A display picture is a picture commonly used on many instant messaging progams, such as MSN Messenger, as well as Internet forums (a. ... An emoticon, also called a smiley, is a sequence of printable characters such as :) or :-) that is intended to represent a human facial expression and convey an emotion. ... Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ... Windows 98 (codenamed Memphis) is a graphical operating system released on June 25, 1998 by Microsoft and the successor to Windows 95. ... Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows Me (IPA pronunciation: [miː], [ɛm iː]), is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit graphical operating system released on September 14, 2000 by Microsoft. ...


MSN Messenger 7.5

Released August 23, 2005. Introduced an updated Passport credentials system. New features are the Dynamic Backgrounds feature, Voice Clips and the msnim protocol handler, allowing Web sites to provide links which automatically add a contact or start conversations (for example clicking on link msnim:chat?contact=login@passport.net will start chat conversation with user login@passport.net). The Voice Clip feature lets you hold down F2 and record a message for a maximum of 15 seconds and send it to the recipient. The window for conversations changed slightly with a Video button and a different position for the webcam icon (under the display picture). This version runs on Windows XP and later. With the release of version 7.5, MSN Messenger started using Windows Installer for its auto-update feature.[2] When a user selects yes to an update prompt upon sign in, the application will download an MSP file specific to updating that version to the latest and execute in the background. The largest patch thus far is 1.5MB, relatively smaller than downloading the entire MSI installation package. {| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


This version is no longer available for use, as when the user attempts to sign in, they are prompted with a message which forces them to download Windows Live Messenger, as a result of a security vulnerability. However, users who don't want to change to Windows Live Messenger can set the compatibility mode of the msnmsgr.exe file (which can usually be found in C:ProgramsMSN Messenger) to "Windows 2000", and MSN 7.5 can still be used with Windows XP.[citation needed]


MSN Messenger 7.0.0820

Released September 12, 2007. The release was the result of a reported security vulnerability discovered in versions of Messenger older than 8.1. The vulnerability "could allow remote code execution when a user accepts a webcam or video chat invitation from an attacker. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of the affected system." This led to an auto-update being released to all MSN Messenger versions. Users of MSN Messenger 7.0 and below were required to update to this version, and 7.5 users were required to update to WLM 8.1, though had the option of using this version instead.[3] is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Windows Live Messenger

MSN Messenger was renamed to Windows Live Messenger upon its eighth version release in February 2006. For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ... For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ...


MSN Web Messenger

MSN Web Messenger is a browser-based messaging program that allows MSN users to instant-message people on their contact list, from computers that do not or cannot have the program installed (i.e. public computers). Web Messenger was launched in August 2004, and is convenient for people who are using the internet away from home, or own computers that are some way incompatible with the MSN program. On the contact list for MSN Messenger users, the status of somebody using Web messenger is either displayed as a globe, or by appending the word (Web) after their name, depending on the version of MSN Messenger used. The user interface is the part of a system exposed to users. ...


Protocol

MSN Messenger uses the Microsoft Notification Protocol (MSNP) over TCP (and optionally over HTTP to deal with proxies) to connect to the .NET Messenger Service — a service offered on port 1863 of messenger.hotmail.com. Its current version is 13 (MSNP13), used by MSN Messenger version 7.5 and other third-party clients. The protocol is not completely secret; Microsoft disclosed version 2 (MSNP2) to developers in 1999 in an Internet Draft, but never released versions 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 to the public. .NET Messenger Service servers currently only accept protocol versions from 8 and on, so the syntax of new commands from versions 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 is only known by using sniffers like Wireshark. MSNP13 will be the protocol used in Windows Live Messenger. This program is still not compatible with Mac OS X's browser as of yet. Microsoft Notification Protocol (MSNP, which is not an acronym for Microsoft Network Protocol or Mobile Status Notification Protocol, as is often believed) is the protocol developed by Microsoft for use by the . ... The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is one of the core protocols of the Internet protocol suite. ... HTTP (for HyperText Transfer Protocol) is the primary method used to convey information on the World Wide Web. ... In computer networks, a proxy server is a server (a computer system or an application program) which services the requests of its clients by forwarding requests to other servers. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Computer port (software). ... Internet Drafts (IDs) are a series of documents published by the IETF. They are drafts for RFCs. ... Packet sniffers (also known as Network Analyzers or Ethernet Sniffers) are software programs that can see the traffic passing over a network or part of a network. ... In computing, Wireshark (formerly known as Ethereal) is a free software protocol analyzer, or packet sniffer application, used for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and protocol development, and education. ...


Xbox Live integration

As of MSN Messenger 7.0, the client now offers a level of integration with Microsoft's Xbox Live Internet Gaming service. Users of MSN Messenger can go to the Xbox Website and link their gamertag to Microsoft's .NET Passport network. This will allow MSN Messenger to report the user's Xbox Live friends list, as well as allow them to send game invitations to players, so that the user does not have to be on Xbox Live in order to arrange games. This feature goes along with Microsoft's continuing goal to place integration between their various services. After December 2, Xbox Live Integration had temporarily malfunctioned. This was due to the change in hardware and protocol brought with the release of the Xbox 360. The error was soon corrected. The Spring 2007 Update for Xbox 360 allowed MSN users and 360 users to chat simultaneously, and even lists what game is being played by an Xbox Live user to their MSN Messenger friends. This functionality does not include video or audio chat between Xbox live users and MSN users. Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ... Gamertag is the universal name for a players username on Microsofts Xbox Live. ... Microsoft Passport Network is a universal-login service provided by Microsoft that allows users to log in to many websites using one account. ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Games and Applications

MSN Messenger shares the same games and applications as Windows Live Messenger. There are various games and applications available in Windows Live Messenger that can be accessed via the conversation window by clicking the games icon and challenging your buddy. // For more information, see the article about Tic-tac-toe . ... For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ...


Competition

The most significant rivals of MSN Messenger are AIM and ICQ (both from AOL), Skype, Pidgin (previously known as Gaim), and Jabber based clients including Google Talk. AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is a free, advertisement-supported proprietary instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol. ... ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, which was first developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, now owned by Time Warners AOL subsidiary. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... Skype (IPA: ) is a software program that allows users to make calls over the Internet to other Skype users free of charge and to landlines and cell phones for a fee. ... Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a multi-platform instant messaging client. ... Gaim is a popular multi-platform instant messaging client that supports many commonly used instant messaging protocols. ... The following is a list of articles about instant messaging clients which utilize the Jabber / XMPP protocol. ... Google Talk is a Windows application for Voice over IP and instant messaging, offered by Google. ...


In China the predominant instant messenger is QQ. Although little used outside China, its domestic users number as high as 300 million.[4] QQ's popularity has been greatly weakened since MSN Messenger entered the Chinese market.[citation needed] MSN Messenger has about 17 percent of the Chinese market to date and this figure is increasing.[citation needed] QQ is sometimes used on the Internet as an abbreviation for crying; it is supposedly visually similar to two big eyes with tears at the bottom. ...


On October 13, 2005, Yahoo! and Microsoft announced plans to introduce interoperability between their two messengers,[5] creating the second largest instant messenger user base worldwide: 40% of all users (AIM currently held 56%). The announcement comes after years of 3rd party interoperability success (most notably, Trillian, Pidgin) and criticisms from Google that the major instant messengers were locking their networks. This interoperability became available in the next version of MSN Messenger, which was renamed Windows Live Messenger. is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Trillian is a multiprotocol instant messaging application for Windows created by Cerulean Studios that can connect to multiple IM programs from one client, such as AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Bonjour, Jabber, and Skype networks (the latter four with Trillian Pro which allows for additonal... Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a multi-platform instant messaging client. ... This article is about the corporation. ... For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ...


In an attempt to introduce further interoperability, Microsoft has also had talks with AOL, but despite several attempts in talks, AOL seems unwilling to participate.[citation needed]


Criticism

The protocol is closed and Microsoft has made two attempts to lock out third-party clients by requiring data transformed by the use of hash functions when connecting. However, both algorithms have been reverse-engineered.[citation needed] A hash function is a reproducible method of turning some kind of data into a (relatively) small number that may serve as a digital fingerprint of the data. ... Reverse engineering (RE) is the process of taking something (a device, an electrical component, a software program, etc. ...


Since MSN Messenger's release, it has been targeted entirely towards Windows users, leaving Macintosh users with a limited client (Microsoft Messenger for Mac). However, numerous third party applications now offer webcam, winks and nudging support for Mac users.[citation needed] Windows redirects here. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... Microsoft Messenger for Mac, previously MSN Messenger for Mac, is a production of the Macintosh Business Unit, a division of Microsoft. ...


Linux users have also been effectively left in the dark, requiring third party software to log in and access their profile stored on the MSN Messenger servers. Such third party software is usually one of many alternative instant messaging clients, such as emesene, aMSN, KMess, Pidgin, Mercury, PlanetaMessenger.org, Licq or Kopete. Pidgin and Kopete are included in many Linux distributions, supporting a range of other instant messaging protocols, such as the AOL, Yahoo! and ICQ clients. With the recent interoperability with Yahoo! Instant Messenger, however, this may be less of a problem, as Yahoo! offers versions of its client for Macintosh and Linux, with the instant messaging services of MSN and Yahoo! now able to send and receive each other's data.[original research?] There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... aMSN is an MSN Messenger clone licensed under the GPL. Its main objective is to assist users who are new to the Linux operating system keep in contact with those who use the Microsoft program which is available only on Windows and Macintosh. ... KMess is an alternative MSN Messenger chat client for Linux. ... Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a multi-platform instant messaging client. ... This article is about the instant messenger. ... In computing, Licq is a free clone of the original ICQ client that runs on Linux and on other Unix systems. ... Kopete is a multi-protocol, free software instant messaging client. ...


MSN Messenger contains an advertising bar as standard; some other IM programs (Pidgin, Trillian etc) do not. Although this is also reverse-engineered and deleted with a patch, critics consider the interface cluttered, with no options to edit it in an unmodified version.[citation needed] Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a multi-platform instant messaging client. ... Trillian is a multiprotocol instant messaging application for Windows created by Cerulean Studios that can connect to multiple IM programs from one client, such as AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Bonjour, Jabber, and Skype networks (the latter four with Trillian Pro which allows for additonal...


Another criticized aspect of MSN Messenger is the type of ID used. Unlike other message clients, MSN users are identified by an email address. Therefore, posted MSN IDs can be harvested for junk email. This can pose a problem for users who wish to release their messaging handle but not their email address.[original research?] E-mail harvesting is the process of obtaining lists of e-mail addresses for use in bulk mail or other purposes usually grouped as spam. ...


Security, and the risk of computer infection through IM-borne viruses or spyware, has also been a persistent concern for users of MSN Messenger (and other IM networks). See "Malware" below, and more details in the section entitled "Risks and Liabilities" in Instant Messaging.[original research?] // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ...


When comparing with Yahoo's version of their instant messaging tool, Yahoo! Messenger, there was noticeable evidence that Microsoft were suspiciously one step behind[citation needed] in their offering of new features. Such examples were MSN Messenger's nudges being similar in concept to Yahoo's Buzzes[6] (which were offered since June 2002), winks being a more primitive form of Yahoo's audibles[7] (available since May 2003), web messengers being introduced after Yahoo's introduction in June 2003:[8] (that allowed IM access from a web browser), and the introductions of two-player games and avatars also being later than that of Yahoo's.


Malware

MSN Messenger (along with other networks such as its successor Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and AOL Instant Messenger) is often used as a conduit or "vector" for delivering malicious software such as spyware, viruses, worms, and trojans to unsuspecting computer users. The two methods used by hackers to deliver malware over the IM vector are (1) sending a file transfer with a virus-infected file, and (2) delivering a message with socially engineered content containing a web address (URL) containing active malicious code. Viruses and worms with colorful names such as W32.Yalove or Troj/Msnfake-L have been identified as targeting users of the MSN Messenger network over the past few years.


The threat of infection by these two methods is substantial and growing. The IM Security Center, a collaboration between security companies and corporations, has tracked attacks over IM since 2003 and shows well over 1000 distinct attacks over the public IM networks. The first half of 2007 saw an 84% increase in IM attacks over the first half of 2006. While IM-specific attacks remain a small percentage of overall virus and malware threats, the continued growth in usage of IM, along with the rapid adoption of IM in the workplace (See Instant Messaging) make IM an attractive vector for malicious hackers, and both individuals and companies must take precautions to avoid infection. // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ...


The most common method of delivering a malicious payload is the use of social engineering to construct a message that appears to be coming from a contact on the recipient's contact list. A socially engineered message is one that is written in a friendly, informal manner, that could easily be mistaken as coming from a friend. The message usually will say something like "Click here to see pics of me from vacation!" or "Is this you?" with a web address -- known as a "poison URL" -- for the recipient to click. Upon clicking the web address, the recipient is connected to a website containing active content, which is immediately downloaded to the recipient's computer. In most cases, the payload contains an installer, a number of hidden files containing text, and code which causes the same socially engineered message with poison URL to be sent to every contact on the contact list. When the message is sent to all contacts, the cycle starts again, as each contact believes they are receiving a message from a trusted friend. In this manner, IM-borne malware is capable of propagating very rapidly through company and external networks.


Worms and viruses are discovered on a regular basis by security companies, particularly by the three companies with IM-specific security products, Akonix Systems, FaceTime Communications, and Symantec. According to IM security researchers at Akonix and other security firms, the average number of new threats identified each month is 30 to 35, with a high of 88 in October, 2006.


Filtering controversy

Following the release of version 7.0+, there were reports about certain messages being unable to be delivered through the Messenger network. [9] [10] Messages containing ".info", "download.php", "gallery.php", "profile.php?", ".pif", ".scr" or ".script" (and many other extensions, filenames and URLs) closed the connection of the conversation, returned a "Failed to deliver message" or simply didn't appear, depending on the version of the client the person had downloaded.


The original intention of this filtering was to help prevent users from falling foul of malicious users, who often use URLs containing the filtered text to trick users into downloading viruses or spyware.


A similar concept is "Shield Up", which allows the Messenger servers to send the client a list of blocked links and disabled features upon sign in. This method was introduced after vulnerabilities were found in the first versions that introduced Flash content (such as Winks, Dynamic Display Pictures, etc.).


Also many usernames were not allowed by the program. This included conventional profanities but also extended to words like "System" and "Mail" that might allow the user to impersonate an official service. These bans seem to have been lifted with the advent of Windows Live Messenger[citation needed] Some URLs still remain filtered though, including MediaFire and Ebuddy. For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ... eBuddy is a web & mobile messenger which supports various instant messaging clients including MSN Messenger, Yahoo! and AIM. Users who are unable or unwilling to download software can access their IM account through eBuddy. ...


For unknown reasons, on May 10th 2008 "Youtube.com", "Deviantart.com" and "Googlepages.com" URLs were blocked. [11] One theory is that this may be directly related to the release of MSN Soapbox [12] Soapbox on MSN Video Soapbox on MSN Video is a new service from Microsoft via its MSN portal. ...


A few hours later the YouTube and DeviantArt filters were lifted. A couple of days after that Google Page Creator was also unblocked. YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ... DeviantART (trademarked deviantART[1]) is an international online artistic community. ... Google Page Creator is a website creation and hosting service by Google. ...


See also

For the old versions of this software called MSN Messenger, see MSN Messenger. ... Messenger Plus! (commonly abbreviated MsgPlus) is a freeware add-on for MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger created by Patchou. ... Microsoft Messenger for Mac, previously MSN Messenger for Mac, is a production of the Macintosh Business Unit, a division of Microsoft. ...

References

  1. ^ AOL blocks Microsoft Net messaging. CNET News.com.
  2. ^ Patching. Microsoft Developer Network.
  3. ^ MSN Messenger 7.0.0820 now available for Windows XP.
  4. ^ Benjamin. "Inside QQ report is out!", www.plu8star.com, 2008-01-07. Retrieved on 2008-04-09. 
  5. ^ Yahoo and MSN marry IM services. vnunet.com (October 13, 2005).
  6. ^ WebArchive.org - List of Available IMVironments. Yahoo! Inc..
  7. ^ WebArchive.org - Yahoo! Messenger also includes. Yahoo! Inc..
  8. ^ WebArchive.org - New Yahoo! Web Messenger (Beta). Yahoo! Inc..
  9. ^ Microsoft Censoring .info domains in MSN Messenger
  10. ^ MSN Messenger blocking *.php?
  11. ^ Microsoft Starts Blocking YouTube Links From Being Shared On MSN And Windows Live Messenger
  12. ^ Windows Live Messenger blocks www.youtube.com (Update) Everything back to normal

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Adium is a popular free software instant messaging client for Mac OS X that supports multiple protocols through the libezv (for Bonjour) and the libpurple (all other protocols) libraries. ... aMSN is an MSN Messenger clone licensed under the GPL. Its main objective is to assist users who are new to the Linux operating system keep in contact with those who use the Microsoft program which is available only on Windows and Macintosh. ... Ayttm is an instant messaging (aka chat) client that provides all-in-one chat functionality for several major instant messaging services from one simple program. ... Lotus Sametime is an enterprise instant messaging and web conferencing application sold by the Lotus Software division of IBM. Lotus Sametime provides enterprise instant messaging functionality, presence information, and web conferencing. ... Kopete is a multi-protocol, free software instant messaging client. ... Meebo is an in-browser instant messaging program which supports multiple IM services, including Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, AIM, ICQ [1], and Jabber and is based on the free and open source library libpurple created by the software developers of Pidgin[2]. // Although still in its early... Miranda Instant Messenger is a minimalist, open source multiprotocol instant messaging application, designed for Microsoft Windows. ... Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a multi-platform instant messaging client. ... Qnext is a Peer-to-Web (P2Web) broadcasting software which allows users to share files and communicate with email and instant messaging contacts. ... The Quiet Internet Pager (QIP) is an alternative instant messaging client based on the OSCAR protocol. ... Simple Instant Messenger (SIM) is a free software multiprotocol instant messaging client available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. SIM-ICQ was discontinued for a time because its founder Vladimir Shutoff, a Russian programmer, left the project. ... This article is about the instant messaging client. ... Jabber redirects here. ... Coccinella is a free software client for the Jabber/XMPP instant messaging protocol. ... Exodus is a free software instant messaging client developed by Peter Millard and written in Borland Delphi that can connect to Jabber servers and exchange messages with other Jabber users. ... Gajim is a free software, instant messaging client for the Jabber (XMPP) protocol which uses the GTK+ toolkit. ... Google Talk is a Windows application for Voice over IP and instant messaging, offered by Google. ... Lotus Sametime is an enterprise instant messaging and web conferencing application sold by the Lotus Software division of IBM. Lotus Sametime provides enterprise instant messaging functionality, presence information, and web conferencing. ... Screenshot of Jajc roster (msStyle) JAJC is Jabber client for MS Windows written in Delphi by Mikel Ivanow. ... Psi is a GPL instant messaging client for the Jabber (XMPP) protocol which uses the Qt toolkit. ... Tkabber is a free software client for the Jabber/XMPP instant messaging protocol. ... ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, which was first developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, now owned by Time Warners AOL subsidiary. ... ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, which was first developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, now owned by Time Warners AOL subsidiary. ... The Quiet Internet Pager (QIP) is an alternative instant messaging client based on the OSCAR protocol. ... This article is about the Internet service provider and Internet portal. ... Hotmail is a free webmail e-mail service, which is accessible via a web browser. ... MSN Groups Home MSN Groups is a commercial community site created by Microsoft in 1995. ... MSN Music was created by Microsoft in 2004 to compete with Apples iTunes Music Store. ... MSN Money is a Web site about business news which is a section of MSN and is edited in association with CNBC. See also CNBC - MSN_MoneyII - chat room at MSN Money used by readers of MSN Money especially during weekdays when the U.S. stock exchanges are open References MSN... MSN Shopping is a member site of the MSN portal. ... MSN Games (also known as Zone. ... This is a list of MSN Services in alphabetical order: // MSN adCenter | adcenter. ... Application software is a subclass of computer software that employs the capabilities of a computer directly to a task that the user wishes to perform. ... Wikipedia on MSN Explorer MSN Explorer is a web browser, developed by Microsoft, which comes with Windows XP that integrates MSN features such as Hotmail and MSN Messenger with a web browser. ... MSN toolbar is a toolbar for Internet explorer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Image of MSN Mobile on handheld device MSN Mobile includes mobile information and communications services for mobile devices from Microsoft as part of their MSN and Windows Live range of services. ... Encarta is a digital multimedia encyclopedia published by Microsoft Corporation. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... // On August 31, 2006 Microsoft announced that MSN Chat would no longer be provided. ... It has been suggested that MSN Search be merged into this article or section. ... A Compaq MSN Companion. ...

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MSN Messenger (596 words)
Msn Messenger is an ICQ/AOL Instant Messenger type program that seems to work well generally (though not as full featured as ICQ -- which probably is a blessing) and for NetMeeting users allows call initiation something that though promised always seemed out of reach with ICQ.
MSN has published an FAQ for MSN Messenger that may be useful to you.
Using MSN Messenger requires that you have a hotmail, MSN or Passport account (the account is used as a unique identifier) and allows similar (to ICQ) tracking of people in your buddy list.
MSN Messenger 6.2 Instant Messaging reviews - CNET Reviews (716 words)
MSN Messenger accounts won't work within other IM clients, unfortunately, but you can use software such as Trillian to mix messengers.
MSN Messenger is an attractive but busy interface intended more for everyday users than business types.
MSN Messenger can also access chat rooms, send voice messages (with your computer's microphone and speakers), videoconference with Webcams, and send e-mail (a premium service at $19.95 per year).
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