Windows Live Messenger Video
Windows Live Messenger Video Transcript
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>> There are a bazillion instant messaging clients out there, but through the years, MSN Messenger, which is now called Windows Live Messenger, has remained the top favorite. What does it have that the others don't? I'm Jessica Dolcourt with CNETdownload.com and today we will be taking a first look at Windows Live Messenger. I'm a long-time user of this IM and the three most important things to me with any IM client are the looks, the Chat experience and file sharing. Windows Live Messenger is a pretty good looking client, it's easy to see your buddy's status, and when you open a chat window, it has this nice sleek web 2.0 look and large buddy icons. The chat experience is rich in variant to the point where traditional chat is only one of the many functions. Not only can you chat one on one or with a group, but you can also chat with a web cam or insert a recording of your voice into the message. There is also support for free SMS messaging and voice over IP calls to anyone. Now for the extras and Windows Live Messenger is crammed with them. In the chat window, you've got an array of emoticons and going one step further, animated winks that are larger than your average emoticon. You can also jazz things up with static or dynamic backgrounds for the chat window. Even more interactively, you can challenge a buddy to an online game, like solitaire showdown or poker. A big bonus for me is this messenger security nod, you can configure Windows Live Messenger to automatically scan files you receive for viruses. Every program has its less desirable features and this one is no different. I'm not so enamored of the amateur smiley's, for the ads in the chat window in games previews. I also didn't like any of the hidden commercial features, like the fine Wii-me dynamic avatar created only to discover I had to pay for registration. It suddenly became a lot less cute. There are a lot of fun activities to enhance the user experience but there aren't so many that you won't be overwhelmed, if all you want to do is just chat. This is Jessica Dolcourt for CNETdownload.com and we've been chatting about Windows Live Messenger. ^M00:01:57 [ Music ]
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