Microsoft Messenger

Microsoft's Messenger client supporting webcams and audio

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PROS

  • Now supports webcams and audio
  • Supports sending files
  • Supports Bonjour
  • Works between contacts on Windows Live Messenger

CONS

  • Interface inspired by Windows version
  • Intel Macs only
  • User profile pictures don't display properly
  • Can't change your own user profile picture

Very good
8

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.

One of the biggest complaints Microsoft Messenger for Mac 7.0 users had is that webcams and audio are only supported in the corporate edition.

That's all changed however with the release of Microsoft Messenger 8.0 which finally supports webcams and audio. There are no other major changes to the interface other than the addition of a video lens to start a chat and a microphone to start an audio chat. You may have to open a port on your router to conduct web conferencing however, details of which can be found on the Microsoft website.

You'll obviously need to sign-in using your Windows Live account or sign-up for one if you haven't got one. Microsoft Messenger for Mac still offers Bonjour support and features like sending files, displaying a picture or emoticons are unchanged. However, you can't drag and drop to send files yet and user profile pictures don't show up at all for some reason. It doesn't seem possible to change your own profile picture either.

You can however still change your display name and add a personal message just by clicking on them and give nicknames to your contacts. Just click on their display name and start typing. The search feature is really handy to quickly find a contact or email address.

If you've been frustrated by Microsoft Messenger for Mac's lack of support for webcams and audio, you'll be delighted by this latest release.

Changes

  • Taken out of Beta to coincide with release of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 which includes Microsoft Messenger 8.
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Microsoft Messenger 8.0.1

— User reviews — about Microsoft Messenger

  • frosl

    by frosl

    "Crashes (constantly) when changing display picture"

    A good mac variant of the msn messenger. The only bad thing is that the avatar cannot be changed without the program cra... More.

    reviewed on January 25, 2012

  • wajahatnajam

    by wajahatnajam

    "MSN Messenger 8.0 and 8.0.1 Unable to Install on iBook G3 600MHz 10.4.11"

    Hello! I just try to Install MSN Messenger 8.0.1 on my iBook G3 OS 10.4.11 but it was failed to install so I download ... More.

    reviewed on July 18, 2011

  • tysinger

    by tysinger

    "Webcam not Working! Freezes constantly!"

    I am using a new Intel Macbook and the iSight cam is not working on this client. I try to use video chat and it sends my... More.

    reviewed on December 8, 2010

  • Ki

    by Ki

    "Useless!"

    It crashes when you starts video chat. It crashes if you change a profile picture. It just crashes randomly all the time... More.

    reviewed on November 22, 2010

  • Renan7

    by Renan7

    "Messenger for MAC with Webcam support!!"

    i don't think i need to say anything about this messenger...what everyone wrote about it, its the raw truth!! Video chat... More.

    reviewed on October 30, 2010

  • Sizer

    by Sizer

    "Quite simply terrible..."

    Awful, that about sums it up. You fire it up, you sign in, it freezes, you force quit, you fire it up, you... You get th... More.

    reviewed on September 24, 2010