Microsoft Messenger
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  • Microsoft Messenger has been discontinued
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    Microsoft Corporation
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.
What's New
Version 8.0.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5.8 or later

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Libertyforall1776 commented on 02 Feb 2013
8.0.2 is out, and Messenger is now discontinued... Skype is the direction forward now.
[Version 8.0.1]

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Mysticalos replied on 24 Mar 2013
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
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Mysticalos replied on 24 Mar 2013
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
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Monkeyjunkey commented on 07 Nov 2012
Will be discontinued Q1 2013. Users will be merged into Skype.
[Version 8.0.1]

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Misha replied on 07 Nov 2012
More info on that: http://blogs.skype.com/en/2012/11/skypewlm.html
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MsQueen reviewed on 08 Sep 2012
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.
[Version 8.0.1]


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Jerry0923 reviewed on 22 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 8.0.1]


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Chester W reviewed on 15 Jan 2012
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.
[Version 8.0.1]


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Libertyforall1776 commented on 03 Aug 2011
How is it that MU does not track update to Microsoft Communicator also?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2587147
[Version 8.0.1]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 03 Aug 2011
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
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Misha replied on 04 Aug 2011
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/39691/microsoft-communicator
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Derision reviewed on 06 May 2011
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.
[Version 8.0.1]

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D9 replied on 06 May 2011
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 replied on 07 May 2011
+1 Derision but...
...no release notes. That's lame.
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Derision replied on 07 May 2011
@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.
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Mysticalos replied on 05 Jun 2012
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.
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Septimus commented on 06 May 2011
ROFLOL!

Get lost MS.

Get your MSN Office Windows Phone crap and get lost.
[Version 8.0.1]


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nobody2011 commented on 05 May 2011
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
[Version 8.0.0]


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Leo-Telles reviewed on 31 Mar 2011
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
[Version 8.0.0]

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Leo-Telles replied on 31 Mar 2011
humm, and is able to use webcam.
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2ktz had trouble on 09 Nov 2010
how come wheni try to sign out it says it cant sign me out due to my browser blocking cookies...same with the hotmail account i opened...and i cant even cancel accounts

i can assure you all windows were shut cache emptied and i have up to date safari software

seems i am not the only one with this problem..i just want it off and out of my mac....

anyone have any suggestions PLEASE

i would seriously advise people NEVER to use this...

i only tried this to see how bad/good the video chat was as more people i know do not have a mac..guess i will have to use skype
[Version 8.0.0]


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Victorlgarcia had trouble on 27 Oct 2010
I'm unable to change my nickname (screen name/ whatever), how do i do it? The new icon s@cks a lot, i prefer the old one... It crashes every now and then for me. didn't liked, messenger for windows is so much better
[Version 8.0.0]

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Pirx replied on 27 Oct 2010
Agreed, it does crash once a day for unknown reason, but not remotely as often as Adium crashes....
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Pedrotaquelim had trouble on 25 Mar 2010
I cannot login with my usual and working MSN account that I use with Adium, Meebo, eBuddy, etc.

This new beta gives me the following message:
"Sign in failed because the password is incorrect or the sign-in name does not exist. If you have forgotten your password, choose Help Topics from the Help menu."

I can even login in the live.com site with this same account, no problem there.

I don't understand.
[Version 8.0.0]


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ignikanova had trouble on 28 Feb 2009
Whoever reads this comment please help me! :'(

A few days ago I was using MSN and it went really well.

Then it won't log my account in!

Not that the service is unavailable or my password is wrong or anything, it just keeps playing the signing in animation and after a while, it goes back to how it looks like when you first start it up.

And what's really bugging me is that it's only happening to my account! It logs other people's accounts perfectly! And other services like messenger for windows and amsn logs me in perfectly! I tried everything! I switched passwords, and cleared account history, but it still doesn't work!

Any solutions to this? I can use aMsn but it's really laggy cos I got a lot of contacts
[Version 7.0.2]

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R33c3 commented on 24 Mar 2009
Download CleanApp and remove it through that.

Reinstall it.

Problem persist, go to security -> Firewall -> And play around with that, 'set access' and 'allow all' granting messenger access.
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MAB991 had trouble on 19 Jul 2008
Hello there,
I've downloaded the Messenger 7.0.1 but unfortunately I can't see any display picture!!
and I can't change my picture as well, as when you chose the picture you want then klick OK it doesn't response!!
Any solution guys?
Thanks
[Version 7.0.1]


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ragda bow had trouble on 14 Mar 2008
hi everyone
I have a problem with my messenger MSN:mac

I sing in with my hotmail address but it doesn't open I don't know why?

may u pleas help me

thanks
[Version 6.0.3]


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mattowski had trouble on 15 Jul 2007
Following on from the messenger crashing problems. Does anyone know if they are going to make any effort to fix it. It would be nice as well if they could introduce the use of webcam, seeing as all macbooks and imacs have them built it!
[Version 6.0.2]


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timberisland had trouble on 09 Nov 2006
WORST MSN EVER!!! NOTHING WORKS ON 6.0.1 !!! AND NOW WHEN I TRY TO USE 5.1.1, IT DOESN'T ALLOW ME AND SAYS I'LL NEED TO UPGRADE IN ORDER TO USE MSN. WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING AT MICROSOFT??? STOP ADDING THINGS IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT WORK! GIVE US BACK 5.1.1, WE DON'T NEED ALL THOSE CRAPPY EXTRAS IF 6.0.1 DOESN'T FUNCTION AT ALL. PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS OR ELSE NO ONE WILL BE USING MSN ON MAC. THX.
[Version 6.0.1]


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robcarlo had trouble on 31 Oct 2006
okay i've just loaded amsn. and i have to say it's much better except i've hit the router wall issue for web cam.

bit of a bunny in trying to work out how to work the router/port issue on the mac.

i have an intel mac duo core

HELP... any takers
[Version 6.0.1]


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Magical1 had trouble on 17 Oct 2006
I have a mac book, with an intergrated camera, but I cannot seem to get it to work with version 6.0.1 of messenger, what am I doing wrong?
Where can I find the settings to enable it?

Thanks
[Version 6.0.1]



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[Version 8.0.1]



Iere68 rated on 28 Jan 2013

[Version 8.0.1]



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Roes rated on 17 Jun 2012

[Version 8.0.1]



CyberSkull rated on 21 Mar 2012

[Version 8.0.1]



richardmannich rated on 30 Jan 2012

[Version 8.0.1]



Ivan-Tiukov rated on 29 Mar 2011

[Version 8.0.0]


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Version Downloads:299,713
Type:Internet : Chat
License:Free
Date:06 May 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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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