Chat online, in real time, with friends, family, and colleagues. It's faster than e-mail, more discreet than a phone call, and best of all - it's free!
MSN Messenger is more than just text, it's a great way to collaborate with co-workers or touch base with family and friends. You can even send an instant message to a contact's mobile phone. Customization features help you personalize your chats and make your connections even more meaningful.
MSN Messenger notifies you when you have new e-mail in your Hotmail account and allows you to access your inbox with the click of a button. You have full control over who can contact you and view whether you are online. At any time, you can see a list of all users who have added you to their lists, and you can easily block them if you choose to do so. You also can invite someone in your list to meet over the Internet or to play an Internet game using NetMeeting. The program will even notify you when someone you are communicating with is typing so you can avoid overlapping messages. MSN Messenger also offers integration with Outlook Express 5.0.
You can visit chat rooms and join in, arrange your contacts into groups, select emoticons from a drop-down list, and get quick access to all MSN Messenger's features with a single click. The latest version features miscellaneous minor updates.
MSN Messenger was renamed Windows Live Messenger
beginning with version 8.0.