MSN Messenger 7.0.0816 is out
MSN Messenger is an instant messaging client for Windows and Mac OS computers aimed mainly at home users. MSN Messenger is sometimes used to refer to the .NET Messenger Service (the protocols and server that allow the system to operate) rather than any particular client. The business-oriented client, which also uses Microsoft’s .NET Messenger Service, is called Windows Messenger. It is possible for virtually any computer with an Internet connection to connect to the Messenger Service by using MSN Webmessenger.
When MSN Messenger was first released, it featured support for access to America Online’s AIM Network. America Online continually tried to block Microsoft from having access to their service until eventually the feature was removed, and has not re-surfaced in any later versions of the software. Now the software only allows connections to the .NET Messenger Service, requiring a Microsoft Passport to connect.
The major use of the software is for instant messaging, although other features which now come as standard include support for voice conversations, webcams, transferring files and built in multi-user online games such as Tic Tac Toe. In a similar vein to many of MSN Messenger’s competitors, MSN Messenger allows messages to be enlivened with graphical emoticons, sometimes called smiles, Flash-animations called winks, animated display pictures, different text styles, and with add-ons, more features.
Microsoft has just released the latest version of this messaging client and the latest version is now: MSN Messenger 7.0.0816