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Windows Live Messenger 8.5 conversation window
Developer: Microsoft
Latest release: 2008 (Build 8.5.1302.1018) / November 6, 2007
Preview release: 2009 (Build 9.0.1407.1107) / November 16, 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360
Genre: Instant messaging client
License: Freeware
Website: http://messenger.live.com

Windows Live Messenger (WLM), still commonly referred to by the previous name of MSN Messenger (MSN for short), is an instant messaging client for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Mobile, first released on December 13, 2005 by Microsoft[1]. It is part of Microsoft's Windows Live set of online services. The current version is Windows Live Messenger 8.5, which was released on November 6, 2007. 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. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows Messenger is a (now deprecated) proprietary instant messaging client included in Microsofts Windows XP operating system. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Wlm_logo-ic. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 451 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (471 × 626 pixel, file size: 101 KB, MIME type: image/png) Created by symode09 This is a screenshot of copyrighted computer software, and the copyright for its contents is most likely held by the author(s) or... “Software development” redirects here. ... 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 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Code complete redirects here. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... Windows redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... Computer software can be organized into categories based on common function, type, or field of use. ... // 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 several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... // 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. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. ... Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... Windows Mobile is a compact operating system combined with a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices which run Windows Mobile include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers, and on-board computers for certain automobiles. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th 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. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Windows Live is the collective brand name for a set of services and software products from Microsoft. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Corporations can also integrate their Live Communication Server and Active Directory with the network on behalf of its clients. Most major multi-protocol clients can also connect to the service. Microsoft Office Live Communications Server is described by Microsoft as an enterprise real-time communications server, providing instant messaging and collaboration functionality. ... Typically Active Directory is managed using the graphical Microsoft Management Console. ...

Contents

Development of Windows Live Messenger

Version 8.0

Beta 1

The first beta was released on December 13, 2005[1]. It remained online and usable for about a month until an auto-update feature forced one to install Beta 2, rendering this version obsolete. Major changes and additions include: is the 347th day of the year (348th 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. ...

  • Offline messaging introduced.
  • Option to change the color theme of the windows. The default color (for this version only) was set to orange.
  • Send and search boxes were put into different rounded boxes in the text area.
  • Word wheel search box in the main window was introduced.
  • Contact list was modified. When hovering your mouse over a contact, more of the contact's details show up in a yellow box.

Known bugs within this version include the offline conversation feature: although still advertised in the yellow bar at the top of the conversation box, it is useless to anyone who had not received an invitation (i.e., downloaded it from another site).[2]


Beta 2

The second beta was released on February 26, 2006[1]. The overall theme of this version was improved, fixing and improving several smaller places in the program. This version has become obsolete, forcing users to update the program. Major changes and additions include: is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • Windows Live Contacts was introduced in this version.
  • Single file transfer re-introduced (was not present in Beta 1).
  • "Add a Contact" dialog box improved.
  • Color themes were improved, so that it modifies the coloring of the whole window, not just the header.
  • Changes made in the conversation window included the alignment of display picture has changed (it is now on the right side of the conversation window, compared to Beta 1 placing it on the left side). The ink and handwriting tabs also were moved to the right side.
  • The Busy status icon was changed back to the normal dash icon.[3]

Windows Live Contacts is part of Microsofts Windows Live services. ...

Beta 3

This beta was released on May 2, 2006[1], was nearly identical to the final. Major changes and additions include: is the 122nd day of the year (123rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • Colorization is improved in this version.
  • New icons introduced, both for inside the program and the desktop icon.
  • Computer to phone calling introduced in this version, as well as an updated look for the Windows Live Call window.
  • Default display picture changed.
  • Windows Live Today window introduced.
  • Sequential messages from each contact are now grouped together.
  • Rhapsody integration introduced. This feature is for the US only.
  • Messenger sounds can now be edited and/or turned off.[4]

Windows Live Call is part of Microsofts Windows Live services. ... Look up rhapsody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Final Version of 8.0

The final and official release of Windows Live Messenger was made on June 19, 2006[1]. No notable changes were made between Beta 3 and this version[5]. is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Final Version of 8.0 Refresh

This version, released on August 10, 2006[1], included audio and video improvements, and fixed up minor bugs[6]. is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Version 8.1

Windows Live Messenger 8.1 main screen

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Beta 1

This beta version of Windows Live Messenger, released on October 30, 2006[1]. No major changes were made, but several minor changes were included. These changes made include: is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • The roaming identity feature was introduced. This means that your display name and picture will appear on any computer you sign into.
  • Contact card appearance was changed. Previously the card would "flip" from side to side between the space and contact information. It is now is just toggled between the two sides.
  • The emoticon, wink, display picture and background menus were updated to include a 'recently used' list. The Packs menu was removed. Instead, the packs content has spread out into the four other menus.
  • A SMS phone book was added to the main menu, allowing the association and editing of a phone number to the contact, also allowing text messaging to a contact.
  • The Messenger emoticon was updated to the 'new-look' icon.
  • Status menu now includes a sign out button.
  • Report abuse button has been added to the Help menu.
  • User status automatically changes to Busy when in Presentation mode in Windows Vista.[7]

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Beta 1 Refresh

The Refresh of Windows Live Messenger Beta 1, released on December 13, 2006[1][8], fixed bugs which were causing some people to be unable to sign in and others unable to see their contact list. is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Final Version of 8.1

Released on January 29, 2007[1]. No actual changes were made from Beta 1 refresh.[9] As of September 12, 2007, all versions of Windows Live Messenger below version 8.1 are now rendered obsolete due to a security issue identified when a user accepts a webcam or video chat invitation from an attacker.[10] is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Version 8.5

Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta main screen
Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta main screen

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Beta 1

On May 27, 2007, LiveSide reported a leaked build of Windows Live Messenger 8.5, available in Spanish[11]. The English beta build was later released on May 31, 2007[1] to the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, India, France, Japan, Germany, China and Spain. An update was released on June 21, 2007, to test updates being installed by Microsoft Update. is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The current Microsoft Update icon The previous Windows Update icon Microsoft Update is a website where users can download updates for various Microsoft Windows-related products. ...


Major changes and additions include:

  • This version now requires Windows XP SP2, compared to previous versions requiring Windows XP SP1.
  • In conjunction with the release of Windows Live 2.0, a new setup program was introduced.
  • It is now installed to a 'Windows Live' folder in the drive where Windows is installed, and the shortcuts are placed in a 'Windows Live' folder in the Start Menu.
  • All Messenger windows have a new look, matching the aesthetic styles of Windows Vista. [12]
  • A new 'bunny' emoticon has been added.[13]
  • Windows Live OneCare Family Safety integration was added.[14]
  • Updates can now be downloaded and installed through Microsoft Update, beginning with the update to version 8.5 Beta 1 or later.

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Beta 2

The second beta was released on September 5, 2007[15] Several issues were fixed on Beta 2 but no significant changes were applied. Compared with the first beta, the build does not say "Beta" on the top of the window, although developers had noted that it was not the final release. It is notable that the new Windows Live Installer, which is used to install Windows Live Messenger 8.5, does not run on Windows Server 2003. is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Windows Live Installer allows users to select the applications they wish to install prior to download. ...


Final version

The final version of Windows Live Messenger 8.5 was released on November 6, 2007.[16] is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Version 9

Windows Live Messenger 9 is currently in development. In a Presentation to the Georgia Institute of Technology's IEEE Student Branch, Microsoft employee and Georgia Tech Andrew Jenks announced that it will ship "in late 08 or early 09". Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Software redirects here. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_kpager. ...


Internal builds are already at WLM 9 and includes many of the API components. They have a team working on multi-person audio/video chat for WLM that may or may not be in version 9, but is expected to be in by 10. They are also attempting to work out a way for WLM users to chat with AIM/Google Talk/ICQ users like the way Yahoo! Messenger works now, and they have an internal version that works with GTalk already (but very basic).[17] AIM is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, as described below: AOL Instant Messenger A I M Management Group Inc. ... Google Talk is a Windows application for Voice over IP and instant messaging, offered by Google. ... ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, owned by Time Warners AOL subsidiary. ... “Y!M” redirects here. ...


Features published by the news site Liveside include specialized features against messaging spam, the ability to stay signed into the application from several computers (referred to as "Multiple Points of Presence Support"), animated GIF files in the photo area, per-contact customized sounds for various user actions, and clickable URL's in the status area. [18] Messaging spam, sometimes called SPIM, is a type of spam targeting users of instant messaging services. ... GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a bitmap image format that is widely used on the World Wide Web, both for still images and for animations. ... // Uniform Resource Locator (URL) formerly known as Universal Resource Locator, is a technical, Web-related term used in two distinct meanings: In popular usage and many technical documents, it is a synonym for Uniform Resource Identifier (URI); Strictly, the idea of a uniform syntax for global identifiers of network-retrievable...


On November 20, 2007, an invitation to participate in the Windows Live Messenger version 9 beta was sent out to beta testers on Microsoft Connect. is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Look up beta, Beta in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


On November 27, 2007, Microsoft began sending out emails to beta testers welcoming them to the Windows Live Messenger 9 beta. is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Features new to Windows Live Messenger

To the features available in MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger adds the following: 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. ...


Sharing folders

The Sharing Folder feature of Windows Live Messenger is an alternative to the "direct transfer" method of file distribution. When a user wants to deliver a file to another person on his or her contact list, the "sharing folder" window appears, which is an individualized representation of all previously shared items. It has been suggested that Friend-to-friend with third party storage be merged into this article or section. ... A Buddy List is a collection of screen names in an Instant Messenger (IM) program. ...


When files are added to the "sharing folder" for that particular person, the file will automatically be transferred to the corresponding computer when they are online. This means that the folder is literally "shared" between two computers. If a user deletes a file, for example, the file will also be deleted from the corresponding computer's shared folder.


To minimize risk of virus-infected transfers, the "sharing folder" feature is bundled with an anti-virus program. The "sharing folder" feature can only be used on computers with NTFS-formatted hard disks. Anti-virus software consists of computer programs that attempt to identify, thwart and eliminate computer viruses and other malicious software (malware). ... NTFS is the standard file system of Windows NT, including its later versions Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ...


PC-to-phone calls

Main article: Windows Live Call

In addition to PC-to-PC calls that have been supported in previous versions, Windows Live Messenger now supports PC-to-phone calls with Windows Live Call. In the US, this feature is supported by Verizon, branded as "Verizon Web Calling". Orange France also has a similar service. This feature is only available in selected countries, including the US, the UK (Verizon planning to end service in August 2008), France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Finland, Belgium, Spain, and Italy. Windows Live Call is part of Microsofts Windows Live services. ... Windows Live Call is part of Microsofts Windows Live services. ... This article or section should include material from Bell Atlantic This article or section should include material from GTE Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a local exchange telephone company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic, a former Bell Operating Company, and GTE, which was the largest independant local exchange... Orange SA IPA: is a mobile network operator and an internet service provider that is a subsidiary of France Télécom. ... For other uses, see August (disambiguation). ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Interoperability with Yahoo! Messenger

On October 13, 2005, Yahoo! and Microsoft announced plans to introduce interoperability between their two messengers,[19] creating the second largest instant messenger user base worldwide: 40 percent of all users. The announcement comes after years of third-party interoperability success (most notably, Trillian, Pidgin) and criticisms from Google that the major instant messengers were locking their networks. Microsoft has also had talks with AOL in an attempt to introduce further interoperability, but so far, AOL seems unwilling to participate. 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 that supports many commonly used instant messaging protocols. ... This article is about the corporation. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ...


Interoperability between Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger was launched 12 July, 2006.[20][21] This allows Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger users to chat (using text or voice) to each other without the need to create an account on the other service, provided both contacts use the latest versions of the clients. However, if a user uses an older or third-party client, they will appear offline to the users on the other network. is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Offline messaging

Unlike previous versions, one can send messages to contacts who are offline; they will receive the messages once they come online.


Additionally, one can start conversations even when his or her status is set to Appear Offline, similar to behaviour in Yahoo! Messenger and ICQ. If talking to someone who has an older MSN Messenger client, they will lose the ability to talk to you after a short period of no activity, due to their client thinking you are offline. As Windows Live Messenger has now been made available on several phones, a new trend has appeared where people send messages over Windows Live Messenger to each other as a way to have free SMS text messages. “Y!M” redirects here. ... ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, owned by Time Warners AOL subsidiary. ... SMS may refer to: Short message service, a form of text messaging on cell phones Sega Master System – an 8-bit video game console from the 1980s Seiner Majestät Schiff, His Majestys Ship in the German Kaiserliche Marine and the Austro-Hungarian Navy SMS (comics), a British comic...


Games and applications

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". 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 . ...


i’m initiative

The i’m initiative is a program Microsoft launched in March 2007, that connects the user with nine organizations dedicated to social causes through Windows Live Messenger. Every time someone has a conversation using i’m, Microsoft Corp. shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with the organization of the user's choice. Only conversations that are sent to and/or received in the United States are recognized. There is no set cap on the amount donated to each organization. The more i’m conversations the user has, the more money goes to one of the nine causes. Each participating organization is guaranteed a minimum donation of $100,000 during the first year of the program. There is currently no end date for the program.[22] The i’m initiative only works with WLM version 8.1 and 8.5.


Xbox 360

Windows Live Messenger support was included in the Xbox 360 Spring 2007 dashboard update released on May 9, 2007.[23] Unofficially, it is known as Windows Live Messenger 360. is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Those using Windows Live Messenger are able to see the Gamertags of friends logged into Xbox Live, including the game they are playing. Xbox 360 users can chat in-game (or while watching a movie). Although only text chat is supported, Microsoft has suggested that voice and video chatting may come in a future update. Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ...


Also to coincide with the arrival of the integration of Windows Live Messenger with Xbox Live, Microsoft released a new Xbox 360 keyboard adaptor called Xbox 360 Chatpad for easier text input. The keyboard device attaches to the standard Xbox 360 controller through the headphone jack and features a QWERTY-style key layout with 47 keys, although any USB keyboard will work just as well with an Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 game console, developed by Microsoft, features a number of first-party components and accessories. ... For the song by Linkin Park, see QWERTY (song). ...


As of December 4, 2007 a child account can now use Windows Live Messenger on Xbox Live.


S60 Platform

Screenshot of Windows Live Messenger running on a S60 Platform device, showing the contacts screen and tabbed chat windows, features to add voice, image and other clips, and a range of emoticons available
Screenshot of Windows Live Messenger running on a S60 Platform device, showing the contacts screen and tabbed chat windows, features to add voice, image and other clips, and a range of emoticons available

A client for Windows Live Messenger was developed by Microsoft for the Symbian S60 Platform commonly used in mobile phones such as Nokia smartphones and released on 23 August 2007 to selected markets. This version of Windows Live Messenger includes many of the features of the Windows Live Messenger client, including grouped contacts, voice clips, image and file sending; as well as features unique to S60 such as tabbed chat windows and integration with contact list and other features of the S60 platform.[24] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Symbian OS is an operating system with associated libraries, user interface frameworks and reference implementations of common tools, produced by Symbian. ... The S60 Platform (formerly Series 60 User Interface) is a software platform for mobile phones that uses Symbian OS. S60 is currently amongst the leading smartphone platforms in the world. ... This article is about the telecommunications corporation. ... A smartphone is generally considered any handheld device that integrates personal information management and mobile phone capabilities in the same device. ... {| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Other changes

The color scheme drop-down
  • The status "On the phone" from the previous version was renamed to "In a call" due to the addition of Windows Live Call.
  • Nicknames of individual contacts can be customized to appear differently from what the contact has set.
  • Messages from contacts can now be time-stamped.
  • Windows Live Messenger has the ability to turn off prepending of contact names if the same person writes multiple messages. If the same contact writes more than one message, the contact name will be displayed for only the first message. However, if messages are timestamped, and the time changes, the contact's name will be displayed with the new time.
  • A color scheme can be chosen for the entire application, including the status window, and not just the conversation windows. A paint brush menu is situated below the personal message box in Windows Live Messenger, to facilitate choosing colors.
  • Microsoft Passport has been replaced with Windows Live ID.
  • Word wheel search within the contact list.
  • Beginning with version 8.1, one's display picture and personal message are stored on the server, so wherever one signs in, the display picture and message will still appear. However, all computers must have version 8.1 or later for the feature to work.

Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (343x618, 49 KB) Windows Live Messenger Demonstration of the colour picker; original by MatthewFenton File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (343x618, 49 KB) Windows Live Messenger Demonstration of the colour picker; original by MatthewFenton File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Windows Live Call is part of Microsofts Windows Live services. ... A color scheme is the choice of colors used in design for a range of media. ... Microsoft Passport Network is a universal-login service provided by Microsoft that allows users to log in to many websites using one account. ... Windows Live ID (originally named . ...

Protocol

Windows Live 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 15 (MSNP15), used by Windows Live Messenger and other third-party clients. MSNP15 introduces a different authentication mechanism. 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, 12, 13, or 14 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 through 14 is only known by using sniffers like Wireshark. 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. ...


Competition

The most significant rivals of Windows Live Messenger are AIM and ICQ (both from AOL), Skype, Trillian, Pidgin (formerly 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, owned by Time Warners AOL subsidiary. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... Skype (IPA: , rhymes with type) is a software program created by the entrepreneurs Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. ... 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... Gaim (to be renamed Pidgin in the next release) 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 QQ is the predominant instant messenger. Although usage outside of China is minimal, domestic usage is in excess of 226 million users.[citation needed] However with MSN Messenger's recent entrance into the Chinese Market, QQ's popularity has been significantly curtailed. Currently MSN Messenger holds approximately 17 percent of the Chinese market share. 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. ...


In Mexico, Framecode used to be one of the most popular instant messenging clients, but recently it has faded into obscurity.


Third-party Add-ins

Some add-ins are available to modify Live Messenger, enable hidden features, or extend capabilities. They include:

Messenger Plus! Live (known more as its former name Messenger Plus!, commonly abbreviated MsgPlus, MP!L, or incorrectly as MSN Plus) is a freeware add-on for Windows Live Messenger created by Cyril Paciullo and first released in 2006. ... Mess with MSN Messenger (aka Mess. ...

Malware

Windows Live Messenger (along with other networks such as 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 Windows Live Messenger network (and the former 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 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 network-certified IM-specific security products, Akonix Systems, FaceTime Communications, and Symantec. According to IM security researchers at Akonix, the mean number of new threats per month identified during the period January 2006 through August 2007 is 34, with a high of 88 in October 2006, and a standard deviation of 19.[25] An instant messaging manager is a software product created specifically to secure, archive, and/or filter the content of instant messages on the popular instant messaging networks. ...


Security vulnerability

On September 12, 2007, the Windows Live Messenger blog posted an entry that reported of a 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 older versions. Versions running on Windows 2000 and below were required to update to a new version of MSN Messenger 7.0, and versions running on Windows XP and above were required to update to Windows Live Messenger 8.1.[26] is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptive, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor computers. ... 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. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


See also

Microsoft Portal

Image File history File links Portal. ... The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of instant messaging clients. ... Microsoft Messenger for Mac, previously MSN Messenger for Mac, is a production of the Macintosh Business Unit, a division of Microsoft. ... Windows Live Call is part of Microsofts Windows Live services. ...

Other clients

Adium is a popular instant messaging client for Mac OS X that supports multiple protocols through the libpurple library. ... Meetro is a multi-network instant messenger with location-based services (LBS). ... Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a multi-platform instant messaging client that supports many commonly used instant messaging protocols. ... Miranda Instant Messenger is a minimalist, open source multiprotocol instant messaging application, designed for Microsoft Windows. ... naim is a minimalist messaging and chat program written by Daniel Reed which supports the protocols AIM, ICQ, IRC, and lily (CMC). ... Trillian is a multiprotocol instant messaging application for Windows created by Cerulean Studios that can connect to multiple IM services, such as AIM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Bonjour, Jabber, and Skype networks (the latter four with Trillian Pro which allows for additional plugins). ... 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. ...

References

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Windows Live Messenger (WLM), formerly known as MSN Messenger, is a freeware instant messaging client for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Mobile, first released on July 22, 1999 by Microsoft.
Windows Live Messenger uses the Mobile Status 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.
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Windows Live Messenger is definitely more animated than all its rivals and I’m sure Skype, AIM or Yahoo Messenger should fear it.
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