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
    11772 votes
    • PROS: Supports chats, voice calls, video calls, Support third party apps, Easy to use
    • CONS: Compatible apps require new download
  • Windows Live Messenger

    16.4.3522

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Symbian

    See. Hear. Share. Instantly.

    8
    23322 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
    541 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
  • Messenger WithYou

    2.0.90

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    Run Windows Live Messenger on your Android

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

    14.0.8117.416

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Windows Live Messenger without installation

    8
    555 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
  • My Live Messenger

    (MSN Chat) 1.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    Chat with Windows Live Messenger on your Android phone

    7
    15 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
  • Messenger Reviver

    2.2.4.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Stay on Windows Live Messenger despite Skype migration

    8
    184 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
  • ZapMessenger

    1.0.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Remove all traces of Windows Live Messenger on your PC

    8
    111 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
  • Outlook Messenger

    5.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Trial version Communication program for Windows

    7
    64 votes
    • MSN Messenger

      4.0.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      MSN Messenger for Mac OS X 10.2.8 to 10.3.9

      6
      170 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
    • Windows Live Messenger

      2012 16.4.3503.0728

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      The king of messengers gets a slight facelift

      7
      3698 votes
      • PROS: Facebook integration, Tabbed conversations, Clean interface
      • CONS: No great changes, Bloated, Still no Twitter support
    • Windows Live Messenger

      16.4.3528

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      The new Windows Live Messenger, more social than ever

      6
      6680 votes
      • PROS: Great social features, Highly customizable, Tabbed conversations, New emoticons
      • CONS: No support for Windows XP, Twitter is not included among supported services
    • MSN Messenger

      for Windows 98/Me 7.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      The popular messaging application for Windows 98 and Me

      7
      1434 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
    • 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
    • Windows Messenger

      5.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      MSN Messenger exclusively for XP (English version)

      7
      59 votes
      • Messenger Plus

        1.0.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android
        Windows

        A free program for android

        10
        2 votes
        • Windows Live Winamp

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Vista style Winamp skin based on Windows Live Messenger

          7
          49 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
            • Windows Live Messenger Widget

              1.0

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Mac

              Messenger for Mac on your Dashboard

              5
              6 votes
              • PROS: Works with Hotmail and MSN domains, Lightweight
              • CONS: Interface is very poor, Lacks many standard features
            • Windows Live Messenger Extension

              (Chrome) 2.0

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Windows

              Windows Live Messenger Extension

              8
              33 votes
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              216.4.3522233227.6Windows, Symbian
              3for Windows 98/Me 7.014347.2Windows
              42012 16.4.3503.072836986.7Windows
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