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Windows Live Messenger makes it easier than ever to stay connected to the people you care about. Favorites and groups: Put the people you chat with most at the top of your contacts, so you easily see when they're online. Want to chat with several people in one window? Simply set up a group. What Is The Latest Version Of Skype For Windows.

• to • • • • 9.x • • • • Available in 50 languages ( or ) Website /messenger /home (Defunct) Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) is a developed by for,,,,,, on 9.x, and. Res File Opener. It connected to the while also having compatibility with and. The client was first released as MSN Messenger on July 22, 1999, and was marketed under the branding until 2005 when it was rebranded under and has since been officially known by its present name, although its previous name was still used colloquially by most of its users. In June 2009, Microsoft reported the service attracted over 330 million active users each month, placing Messenger among the most widely used instant messaging clients in the world. Following the acquisition of in May 2011, Microsoft added interoperability between and, allowing Skype (which had features unique to its platform and a wider user base) to communicate with Messenger contacts.

In 2013, Windows Live Messenger was discontinued and Microsoft began ceasing service to existing clients. The service in China remained active for another 18 months, and ceased operations on October 31, 2014. MSN Messenger logo, 1999–2006 Before the product was renamed Windows Live Messenger, it was named 'MSN Messenger' from 1999 to 2006.

During that time, Microsoft released seven major versions as follows. The first version of MSN Messenger Service, version 1.0 (1.0.0863), was released July 22, 1999. It included only basic features, such as plain text messaging and a simplistic contact list. When it was first released, it featured support for access to 's network. America Online continually tried to block Microsoft from having access to their service until eventually the feature was removed, and it has not re-surfaced in any later versions of the software. AOL did this by exploiting a buffer overflow bug in AIM, which causes it to execute a bit of machine code sent by the server. When this code runs, it determines if the client is AIM and sends a message back to verify the client.

Since then, the software has only allowed connections to its own service, requiring a (.NET Passport at that time) account to connect. Microsoft released the first major update, version 2.0 (2.0.0083), on November 16, 1999. It included a rotating advertising banner and the ability to customize the appearance of the chat window.

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