Download Windows Live Messenger.

Windows Live messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) is an interrupted instant electronic communication client developed by Microsoft for Windows, Blackberry OS, S60 on Symbian OS 9.x, Xbox 360, Java ME, iOS and Zune HD. Apart from being connected to the service of Microsoft messenger, additionally it has compatibility with Yahoo! messenger and Facebook messenger. The client was first discharged as MSN messenger on July twenty two, 1999 and was marketed under the MSN branding till 2005 when it was rebranded under Windows Live and has since been formally best-known by its present name, though its previous name was still used colloquially by most of those who were using it. As at June 2009, the Microsoft Company reported that the messenger service had attracted over 330 million active users every month, putting messenger among the foremost widely used instant electronic communication clients around the world.

Before the product was renamed Windows Live messenger, it was named "MSN Messenger" from 1999 to 2006. During that time, Microsoft discharged seven major versions. The first version, version 1.0 (1.0.0863), was discharged July twenty two, 1999. It enclosed only basic features, like plain text messaging and a simple contact list. When it was initially released, it featured support for access to America Online's AIM network. America on-line continually tried to block Microsoft from having access to their service till eventually when the feature had to be removed, since which it hasn’t re-surfaced in any of the later versions of the package. Since then, the software system has only allowed connections to its own service, requiring a Windows Live ID (.NET Passport at that time) account to connect. Microsoft discharged the first major update, version 2.0 (2.0.0083), on November sixteen, 1999. It enclosed a rotating advertising banner and also the ability to customize the appearance of the chat window. It came as an install choice for Windows ME package. This version later was followed the following year by version 3.0 (3.0.0080) that was released May twenty nine, 2000. It included file transfers and PC-to-PC and PC-to-phone audio capabilities having Net2Phone which was one of the very first VOIP services providers.

Along with the release of Windows XP came version 4.6 of MSN messenger, on 23rd October, 2001. Major changes enclosed were on the ability of grouping contacts, the user interface, and support for voice conversations. In this version, the client software system was renamed from "MSN messenger Service" to just "MSN messenger," whereas the underlying service officially became to be known as ".NET messenger Service". This version was only compatible with Windows ME, NT 4.0, Windows 98, 95, and Windows 2000, since Microsoft was providing a scaled-down new program for Windows XP, known as Windows messenger (version 4.0.0155), that it originally meant to replace MSN messenger with on Windows XP.

That strategy changed upon the release of version 5.0 of MSN messenger on 24th October, 2002. This came to be the first version to be allowed to be put in along with Windows messenger on Windows XP. It included UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) based file transfers among other changes.