The survival of Messenger looked less and less likely this year.Messenger certainly has its fans and brand awareness, but Skype still seems much fresher, and has a better reputation especially for audio and video calls.In North America, the most competitive IM market, MSN Messenger shared approximately one-third of the market, or about 23 million users, with AOL/AIM and Yahoo Messenger.But by November 2007, Windows Live Messenger had become the world's largest IM service with more than 294 million active users worldwide [source: com Score]. Let's start by looking at how easy downloading Windows Live Messenger is.(Note that - see Get Started with Windows Live Messenger (live.com)A separate application called Messenger Plus!was originally an add-on for Windows Live Messenger that supported Internet voice chat (Vo IP) features.Windows Messenger is an amazing, free Windows program, that belongs to the category Social & Communication and subcategory Chat & Instant Messaging and that has been published by Microsoft.The program version is 5.1 and was updated on 05/25/2011.
From that moment it seemed the best of both products were likely to be merged, but we didn’t know what the outcome would be.Beyond using free Windows Messenger to meet your basic IMing needs, you can use the service to: [source: Microsoft Get Live] You may be wondering, how do I get started? Microsoft is planning to kill off Windows Live Messenger, moving all its users to Skype.Windows Messenger is a slick program that will require less space than the average program in the section Social & Communication.It's a popular program in some countries such as United States, Bangladesh, and Czech Republic.This add-on continues to be supported as an extension to Skype - see Messenger Plus!for Skype Because the service is shut down, old installations of the software no longer function.This year two developments have made it pretty clear that Skype will be the brand that survives.Skype 6 allowed users to log in with their Windows (or Hotmail, etcetera) accounts, and then previews of Windows 8 appeared with Skype integrated but no Messenger to be seen.See also - Windows Live Messenger 8.5, 8.0 and 7.5 at When an e-mail response isn't fast enough -- or you just want to hang out online with friends, instant messaging (IM) may be your best option.