Download Windows Messenger - Best Software & Apps

  • Messenger

    (Facebook Messenger) Varies with device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

    Text, voice calls, and video calls now included

    8
    3598 votes
    • PROS: Supports chats, voice calls, video calls, Support third party apps, Easy to use
    • CONS: Compatible apps require new download
  • Windows Live Messenger

    Build 14.0.8117.416 2009

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Symbian
    iPhone

    See. Hear. Share. Instantly.

    8
    23277 votes
    • PROS: Nice customizable interface, Great photo sharing service, New options for contacts management, Tons of emoticons, winks and other eye-candy for chats
    • CONS: No custom status messages, Uncomfortable menu buttons, Installation file is getting bloated, Advertisement on the main interface
  • BBM

    Varies with device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone
    Windows Phone

    An instant messaging classic goes multi-platform

    7
    508 votes
    • PROS: Multichat, Sending files, photos, voice memos, BBM groups, You control the people who can send you messages
    • CONS: BB 10 interface lacks some flexibility, No VoIP, Registration takes a little too long
  • Windows Live Messenger Portable

    14.0.8117.416

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Windows Live Messenger without installation

    8
    544 votes
    • PROS: No installation required, Can be run from a USB key, Includes all the functionality from the desktop version
    • CONS: Somewhat unstable, May trigger antivirus alarms
  • Messenger Plus!

    6.00.0.773

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android

    The popular add-on, updated for Windows Live Messenger 2011

    9
    7334 votes
    • PROS: Very well integrated into Messenger, Vast selection of new and improved features for Messenger, Nice interface design, Add your own features with scripts, Very easy to use
    • CONS: Takes a while to configure all of its options, You need scripting knowledge to create new tools, Applying skins requires Messenger restart
  • Windows Live Messenger Speed

    0.17

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    A Free app for Android

    8
    46 votes
    • Messenger WithYou

      2.0.90

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      Run Windows Live Messenger on your Android

      7
      122 votes
      • PROS: Well designed, Easy to use, Share files, Shows notifications
      • CONS: Lacks options, Small file size limit when sharing
    • MSN Messenger

      4.0.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      MSN Messenger for Mac OS X 10.2.8 to 10.3.9

      6
      169 votes
      • PROS: Simple to use, Integration with Windows Live Mail, Lots of emoticons
      • CONS: No webcam support, Sending files is slow, Superseded by a newer version
    • Outlook Messenger

      5.0

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A Trial version Communication program for Windows

      7
      60 votes
      • My Live Messenger

        (MSN Chat) 1.3

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android

        Chat with Windows Live Messenger on your Android phone

        8
        10 votes
        • PROS: Provides access to Windows Live and Hotmail, Incldues a range of emoticons
        • CONS: Poor user interface, Lacking in chat features, Buggy, No program options or settings
      • Windows Live Messenger

        2012 16.4.3503.0728

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        The king of messengers gets a slight facelift

        7
        3680 votes
        • PROS: Facebook integration, Tabbed conversations, Clean interface
        • CONS: No great changes, Bloated, Still no Twitter support
      • Windows Live Messenger

        2011 2011

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        The new Windows Live Messenger, more social than ever

        6
        6671 votes
        • PROS: Great social features, Highly customizable, Tabbed conversations, New emoticons
        • CONS: No support for Windows XP, Twitter is not included among supported services
      • Messenger Reviver

        2.2.4.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Stay on Windows Live Messenger despite Skype migration

        8
        181 votes
        • PROS: Continued use of Windows Live Messenger, Easy to install and repair Messenger, Supports 47 languages
        • CONS: Cannot install Messenger 2011, Does not extend Messenger past the expiration date
      • Microsoft Messenger

        8.0.1

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Mac

        Microsoft's Messenger client supporting webcams and audio

        4
        159 votes
        • PROS: Now supports webcams and audio, Supports sending files, Supports Bonjour, Works between contacts on Windows Live Messenger
        • CONS: Interface inspired by Windows version, Intel Macs only, User profile pictures don't display properly, Can't change your own user profile picture
      • ZapMessenger

        1.0.0.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Remove all traces of Windows Live Messenger on your PC

        8
        110 votes
        • PROS: Removes any trace of Messenger, Simple to use
        • CONS: Doesn't give you a breakdown of what it has removed, May not work for all versions of Messenger, No customization options
      • Windows Messenger

        5.1

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        MSN Messenger exclusively for XP (English version)

        7
        59 votes
        • A-Patch

          For Windows Live Messenger 8.5 1.43.03

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Windows Live Messenger 8.5 as you like it

          8
          240 votes
          • MSN Messenger

            for Windows 98/Me 7.0

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            The popular messaging application for Windows 98 and Me

            7
            1424 votes
            • PROS: Very easy to use, Lots of fancy customization options, Decent video conferencing function
            • CONS: No VoIP features to speak of, Filled with not-so-subtle plugs to MSN services
          • Windows Live Messenger Extension

            (Chrome) 2.0

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Windows Live Messenger Extension

            8
            31 votes
            • Windows Live Winamp

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Windows

              Vista style Winamp skin based on Windows Live Messenger

              7
              49 votes
              Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
              #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
              16.00.0.77373348.5Windows, Android
              2(Facebook Messenger) Varies with device35988.1Android, Windows, iPhone, Windows Phone
              3Build 14.0.8117.416 2009232777.6Windows, Symbian, iPhone
              42012 16.4.3503.072836806.7Windows
              52011 201166716.2Windows