MSN Messenger

MSN Messenger for Mac OS X 10.2.8 to 10.3.9

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PROS

  • Simple to use
  • Integration with Windows Live Mail
  • Lots of emoticons

CONS

  • No webcam support
  • Sending files is slow
  • Superseded by a newer version

Not bad
6

IMPORTANT: Microsoft is replacing Windows Live Messenger with Skype. All your contacts will be moved automatically. Take a look at The Complete Guide to Moving from Messenger to Skype for more information, alternatives and tips.

MSN Messenger was the original incarnation of the now named Messenger for Mac and it's now been superseded by it. However, if you still have Mac OSX 10.2.8 to 10.3.9 (although Microsoft recommend 10.3.3 or later) this is the only version of MSN for Mac that will work for you.

Firstly, like the latest version of Messenger for Mac, you should know that it doesn't work with webcams. This seems criminal I know, but Microsoft has seen fit only to allow those willing to upgrade to the corporate edition to use a webcam with it. However, the rest of it is pretty much as you'd expect. It is fitted with all the basic functions you'd want from Messenger and the application lets you organize your contacts into different groups, set your status, and use emoticons, etc. New conversations open up in a new window, which you can be moved around anywhere on the screen.

While it's fairly easy to check your Hotmail account thanks to the Mail button at the top of the interface, sending files and images to other users can be a bit slow. MSN Messenger is sufficient as a basic IM client, but we'd recommend upgrading your version of OS X and updating to the latest version of Messenger for Mac. Not only is it more secure, but it will also offer more features and a sleeker interface.

MSN Messenger is a decent if basic IM client for anyone with a Mac OS under 10.3.9 but the lack of webcam function is a major drawback

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MSN Messenger 4.0.1

— User reviews — about MSN Messenger

  • "this i like"

    when i need abouth usee the mensenger often time did i usealy need ok. More.

    reviewed on July 25, 2015

  • azs33332

    by azs33332

    "Messenger for Mac will run like Windows 8"

    Crap! Just like everything Microsoft gets its hands on. Buggy, missing features, slow, crashes. What more could you wa... More.

    reviewed on May 16, 2012

  • chancekang

    by chancekang

    "Worst app I have ever used on Mac"

    MSN 8 Claimed it supported video car, but microphone never works during video calls. And there is NO settings option for... More.

    reviewed on February 12, 2012

  • llan7906

    by llan7906

    "not user friendly"

    it is really good in PC, but the one for mac is useless, if you can't use the webcam, what can it do?. More.

    reviewed on July 9, 2010

  • jaker 2000

    by jaker 2000

    "bueno creo que es bueno por que tiene un buen programa "

    bueno pues como decia es un buen programa donde puedes conocer a personas y demas poder comunicarte con alguien por medi... More.

    reviewed on May 25, 2010

  • daniel moyle

    by daniel moyle

    "A different approach"

    i did try and use it and came up with the same crap, you can however try using, aMSN, its better and not much different ... More.

    reviewed on March 7, 2010