Windows Live Messenger 2012 16.4.3508.0205

Chat with friends, family and easily share your favorite photos or start a video conference using this powerful instant messaging application
Windows Live Messenger (WLM) retired in April 2013 and was replaced by Skype.

Windows Live Messenger remains an important player on the market and the new generation MSN Messenger follows the same trend as its competitors to include all kinds of communication features, such as video chatting, file transfer and phone calling.

Connect with users of different services

An important step towards unifying the means of online communication has been made and Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger are now interconnected. This allows users of the two to chat no matter the application they're using.

Unlike Yahoo's software though, Microsoft's displays the webcam right into the conversation window, thus allowing users to enjoy a better chatting experience. During our test, this camera-related feature worked flawlessly.

Another useful characteristic of this application is the ability to link other services you use, like Facebook, LinkedIn or MySpace. This way, anyone can check out new posts from their friends within the same interface.

Easily show your favorite pictures to friends

Sharing photos and other files is now easier with the new Windows Live Messenger. Users can easily create so-called 'Sharing Folders' and use them for sending files to somebody else via the popular drag-and-drop method.

The interface remains friendly and intuitive and users shouldn't encounter too many problems browsing through menus and settings. Advertisement banners are, nonetheless, shown at the bottom of the main window and, unfortunately, there's no way to get rid of them.

In conclusion

All things considered, it's safe to say that Windows Live Messenger is an easy to use application to chat over the Internet that does exactly what the name suggests and packs advanced features under a pleasant interface.

Reviewed by Bogdan Popa on July 4th, 2014


last updated on:
July 4th, 2014, 14:13 GMT
file size:
26.3 MB
price:
FREE!
developed by:
Microsoft
license type:
Ad-supported 
operating system(s):
Windows 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit / 2008 / 2008 64 bit / 2008 R2
category:
C: \ Internet \ Chat \ Instant Messaging

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What's New in version 2012 16.4.3503.728
  • Animated GIFs and emoticons are turned off in software mode:
  • If your PC uses software rendering instead of hardware rendering, you won't see any animations in Windows Essentials 2012.
  • This includes animated GIFs used in display pictures and animated emoticons in Messenger.
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Application description

Windows Live Messenger combines the best IM with social networking, so you stay connected with the people who mat...

Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:

  • Displays ad banners or other types of advertising material during its runtime

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