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Note: This app is no longer being developed. Functionality has been usurped by Skype. Microsoft Messenger is an integrated communications client that enables you to communicate with contacts within and outside your organization. Messenger for Mac 7 is a Universal application that is built to run on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs and makes it easy to take advantage of the full power of real-time communications.

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Version 8.0.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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OS X 10.5.8 or later

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Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130
Libertyforall1776
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8.0.2 is out, and Messenger is now discontinued... Skype is the direction forward now.

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Version 8.0.1
Mysticalos
+0

Yep, DO NOT install 8.0.2. The update disables ability to signin as a feature (literally). the changenotes for 8.0.2 are to "switch to skype". if you install this update you can no longer use messenger.

Skype does not yet support lync presence so people who use MSN for business HAVE NO CHOICE but to use messenger. as such, if you use lync at all, disable version checking and stay on 8.0.1

Mysticalos
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on that note, anyone have a working 8.0.1 download link? it appears one here is now dead and downloads a 1kb invalid file

Monkeyjunkey Member IconComment+1408
Monkeyjunkey
+1

Will be discontinued Q1 2013. Users will be merged into Skype.

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Version 8.0.1
Misha
+0

More info on that: http://blogs.skype.com/en/2012/11/skypewlm.html

MsQueen Member IconReview+1
MsQueen
+1

There are so many features lacking in this application. I want to be able to appear online to a select person or persons and offline to the rest. It doesn't remember the size you set chat box when you sign back in. ...And more. It has a long way to go.

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Version 8.0.1
Jerry0923 Member IconReview+6
Jerry0923
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I like it and for the most part lets me chat with friends, etc. What bugs me is not being able click the friends name in the chat when he/she is offline and simply open the email client. I have to open it myself, sign in again, and type in the email address. Doesn't seem big, but just a stupid thing to do when the info is there in the first place and programs asks you if you want to send an email instead. Even the packaged with MSoffice version shares this flaw.

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Version 8.0.1
Chester W Member IconReview+6
Chester W
+1

Messenger on Mac is totally disaster.

It does not support offline messages.
Sometimes I login to my account, click on a friend and then it logs me out.
It's the worst program on my Mac.

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Version 8.0.1
Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130
Libertyforall1776
+1

How is it that MU does not track update to Microsoft Communicator also?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2587147

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Version 8.0.1
MacUpdate---Ryan
+0

Thanks for pointing that out, I've gone ahead and added it to our database. You can find it here http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/39691/microsoft-communicator

Misha
+0

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/39691/microsoft-communicator

Derision Member IconReview+93
Derision
+5

I love it when people blast pieces of instant messaging software, especially when they cite a lack of features. I don't know about you, but iChat has a decided lack of features when compared to a lot of other clients.

Either way, Microsoft Messenger gets a lot of the same kind of flak that AOL Instant Messenger gets. I presume a lot of it has to do with the fact that the word "Microsoft" is in the name, which apparently connotes that the product is entirely un-Mac and, therefore, eeevil.

The fact of the matter is that Microsoft Messenger is as capable as just about any other messenger out there.

A lot of people don't remember how broken MSN Messenger was just a few years ago. There was no video, no audio, barely any features at all, which opened the door for some competition from sources like aMSN, Mercury Messenger and Mac Messenger.

Since then, though, Microsoft has turned this little train around and made something that is actually usable. The fact that Microsoft seems to be committed to developing it further, such as in the recent addition of video and Yahoo Messenger interoperability, tends to make me look favorably on it -- even if it IS made by Microsoft.

Do I use it much? No, but that has nothing to do with my dislike of it, but simply due to the fact that I know very few people that actually use the network for communications.

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Version 8.0.1
D9
+2

Some of the blasting originates more directly towards "Windows" than "Microsoft", because the Windows version of Messenger is and always has been more robust in features than its Mac counterpart...thus leading to attacks at Microsoft for the practice.

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Mistere
+4

+1 Derision but...
...no release notes. That's lame.

Derision
+2

@Mistere: I agree, a lack of release notes is a bit lame. I also noticed that the app description still states Microsoft Messenger 7, when the version that is current is 8.

@D9: It can be frustrating that the Windows version is more robust than the Mac version, but that's to be expected when the company that makes the Mac version of Microsoft Messenger also makes Windows. The same could be said vice versa -- the Mac version of iTunes, Safari and so forth were more robust and better integrated into the OS than the versions initially released for Windows. This is no longer entirely the case, but one can hope that eventually the Mac and Windows versions of Messenger will also achieve parity.

Mysticalos
+0

My issue is that they lack good support, when it doesn't work, it takes forever to get updates. 8.0.1 works about 60% of time for me, amsn, 100. For some reason official client just tends to say cannot connect, service may not be available or there is a connection problem. I assure you NEITHER is the case. I even have MSN ports open for video and file transfer, there i apsolutely nothing barring MSN client from connecting, it's just too stupid to realize it's connecting. Something is wrong with the socket code i think. Every clone i can use can connect when official one cannot, just prooving the problem is the app not connection or servers. Do they acknowledge such problems? no. I'll be lucky to get support in this lifetime, which is a shame considering none of the clones support Lync, which is the main reason i NEED to use the official version professionally, so when it's down, it's actually costing me access to company contacts.

Septimus Member IconComment+86
Septimus
+5

ROFLOL!

Get lost MS.

Get your MSN Office Windows Phone crap and get lost.

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Version 8.0.1
nobody2011 Member IconComment+0
nobody2011
+1

Since the 3rd of May this year an updater (8.0.1) is now avalaible.

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads?pid=Mactopia_Messenger&fid=B1C84F39-517C-4E9B-AF81-9318992710B7#viewer

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Version 8.0.0
Leo-Telles Member IconReview+30
Leo-Telles
+1

Pretty good, if you only use MSN this can be good, the old version was not good, but i`m liking this one rather than Adium

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Version 8.0.0
Leo-Telles
+2

humm, and is able to use webcam.

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Iere68
Version 8.0.1
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Roes
Version 8.0.1
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Ivan-Tiukov
Version 8.0.0
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Details

Downloads 578,459
Version Downloads 299,805
Type Internet / Chat
License Free
Date 06 May 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free