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  • Published: 2009-02-02 (Revised/Updated 2009-05-17) : Author: Disabled World
  • Synopsis: Windows Live Messengers previous name was MSN Messenger or MSN for short an instant messaging client for Windows PCs.

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Windows Live Messenger (WLM), (its previous name was MSN Messenger or MSN Chat for short), is an instant messaging client for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Mobile, first released on December 13, 2005 by Microsoft.

Windows Live Messenger (WLM), (its previous name was MSN Messenger or MSN Chat for short), is an instant messaging client for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Mobile, first released on December 13, 2005 by Microsoft.

The current version is Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta released on May 31, 2007.

MSN chat's Windows Live Messenger uses the Microsoft Notification Protocol (MSNP) over TCP (and optionally over HTTP to deal with proxies) to connect to the .NET Messenger Service

The Sharing Folder feature of Windows Live Messenger is an alternative to the "direct transfer" method of file distribution. When a user wants to deliver a file to another person on his or her contact list, the "sharing folder" window appears. The file will automatically be transferred to the corresponding computer when they are online. This means that the folder is "shared" between two computers. If a user deletes a file, for example, the file will also be deleted from the corresponding computer's shared folder. The "sharing folder" feature can only be used on computers with NTFS-formatted hard disks.

Windows Live Messenger now supports PC-to-phone calls with Windows Live Call. In the US, this feature is supported by Verizon, branded as "Verizon Web Calling". Orange France also has a similar service. This feature is only available in selected countries, including the US, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Finland, Belgium, Spain, and Italy.

As Windows Live Messenger has now been made available on several phones, a new trend has appeared where people send messages over Windows Live Messenger chat to each other as a way to have free SMS text messages.

The i'm initiative is a new program Microsoft launched in March 2007, that connects the user with nine organizations dedicated to social causes through Windows Live Messenger. Every time someone has a conversation using im, Microsoft Corp. shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with the organization of the user's choice.

Windows Live Messenger support was included in the Xbox 360 design in Spring 2007. Unofficially, it is known as Windows Live Messenger 360. Those using Windows Live Messenger are able to see the Gamer-tags of friends logged into Xbox Live, including the game they are playing. Xbox 360 users can chat in-game. Although only text chat is supported, Microsoft has suggested that voice and video chatting may come in a future update.

Inter-operability between Yahoo messenger and Windows Live Messenger was launched 12 July, 2006 allowing Yahoo messenger and Windows Live Messenger users to chat, either via text or voice, to each other without the need to create an account on the other service.

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