Yet another Instant Messaging program, Microsoft Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) is Microsoft's equivalent to the AOL Instant Messenger product. However, Microsoft Messenger 6 and 7 are compatible with the Office Communications Server products used in many corporate environments.
Version 2.5 (for Mac OS 8.6-9.x) makes the following changes:
Version 6 - for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later only - brought the following major enhancements:
Version 6.0.3 makes the following additional changes:
Version 7 - for Mac OS X 10.4.9 and later only - brings the following major enhancements:
Messenger for Mac 7.0.2 improves overall quality and conversations with Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2.
Other versions are still available for Mac OS X 10.1.3 - 10.3.
[Classic version] "I haven't really had a chance to play much with the program, since not many folks I know are on the MSN chat network, but this seems to be one of the easier chat programs I've seen, on a par with AIM, and way ahead of the awful client ICQ has. The Hotmail alerts are great."
[Classic version] "While I've heard it's slightly more stable on OS 9, and the X-native version is reported to work well, it's terribly buggy and extremely crash-prone running through CarbonLib 1.6 on OS 8.6. As soon as another party sends you a message, the whole OS locks up. Under 1.5, it was at least partially usable; you could IM successfully for around half an hour before it would finally go down in flames. Under 1.4, it was even more stable, but still nowhere near perfect. Overall, I would not recommend this client for OS 8.6 under any circumstances."
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the Carbon version (2.5.1) for Mac OS 8.6 - 9.x.
the Carbon / Universal version (6.0.3) for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
the Carbon / Universal version (7.0.2) for Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later.
to download an older version for Mac OS X 10.1.3 - 10.3.
Version 8.0 Beta (Carbon / Intel) for Mac OS X 10.5 and later provides real-time collaboration between people in different locations. You can use instant messaging and audio and video calls to communicate with your contacts. More information is available on the beta site.
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