Windows Live Messenger (MSN 8.0) Goes Final

windowslive.jpgMove over MSN Messenger, the successor Windows Live Messenger has finally arrived. Having been in beta stages for quite a while now, the full public release is now available to download.

  • Call their phones. Call their PCs.
    Call your friends’ mobile or landline phones. It’s great value within the UK or internationally. And calling someones PC is always free.
  • See them on the screen
    Show and tell: get a webcam and start a video conversation within minutes.
  • Share stuff
    Set up a Sharing Folder with a friend. Drop in photos and other stuff, as much as your computer can handle. See it even when one of you is offline.
  • A network of millions
    Tap into the world’s largest IM network, with hundreds of millions of users worldwide.
  • Soon: talk to your Yahoo! friends, too
    Soon you’ll be able to use Windows Live Messenger to talk to your friends who use Yahoo! Messenger with Voice. The world’s largest IM network is getting even bigger.

To be honest, very little has visibly changed and the drastic overhaul I was hoping for never really materialized. Thankfully I have Skype for voice chat, so Windows Live just fills my text messaging requirements.

Link: Windows Live Messenger Final Download

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131 thoughts on “Windows Live Messenger (MSN 8.0) Goes Final

  • And I was hoping it would tie in with Xbox Live, as it is called Live Messenger now :(


  • Did you have any problems with the previous version? Are you getting an error message?

  • hi:d:)]l-):d\:d/:((

  • Mine wont even let me open it, it says that its not a Win32 application, and i cant even use 7.5! help me!!

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    What Operating System are you using Holli?

  • My Live msn messenger wont open, i clicked it like a thousand times but it still didnt open x(

  • I keep trying to open Windows live messenger but it wont open. I unistalled and re-installed. I reset the computer too! But it just wont open.


  • ah help im having the same problem as a few people here, i keep clicking but it wont open, i trid uninstalling and reinstalling but still it wont work! Grrr! i really need it! help!

  • my msn 8.0 dosnt have paint and all the other people have paintx(

  • Mine wont even let me open it, it says that its not a Win32 application. Using windows 2000, brand new pc!

    Any ideas??

  • HELP!!!
    My msn messenger say it’s not a valid ‘win32’ application!!!
    I’ve tried everything I can think of.
    Plz Help

  • My msn has been working fine and all of a sudden….BAM!

    When i open it the process starts, but the program does NOT open! if i keep tryin 2 open the process just duplicates itself! taking up all my cpu and freezing my computer. I tried web messenger which DIDNT WORK.Iv tried repairing, installing, uninstalling but it never even opens!!! and my windows messenger does also not work! It just gives me an “error report” message. Please someone help!?

  • i get exactly the same thing as lee i am running vista home premium 32bit.

  • [Comment ID #12042 Will Be Quoted Here]

    i’m having the same problem… and it’s my lifeline. has anyone fixed this yet?


  • msn live wont download it ses summet bwt a win32 ……. help

  • sooo annoyed!
    I got a brand new laptop with windows vista basic eddition and i cant download msn! Says its not capatible! Anyone help?

  • i have just got a new laptop with windows vista. i have windows messenger but every time i open it dep kicks in and shuts down the program. can somebody please.. please help me.:-?

  • :(( I also purchased a new laptop with vista, and I cannot open messenger either – like Lee and Caitlyn I have uninstalled, reinstalled, repaired, rebooted and anything else I can think of. When I try to open it it starts, and I get the login screen, and then it says, messenger has encountered an error and the program will now close… or something like that. anyone have any ideas? you’d think microsoft would have thought of this before releasing vista

  • My lovely laptop is all Vista-fied, but no matter what I do, and believe me, I’ve spent hours trawling the forums looking for a solution, NOTHING works when trying to sign into ANY form of msn messenger, and for that matter, Yahoo messenger. I have the patch for Acer laptops to stop the DEP error, but it won’t let me sign in, instead telling me there’s a problem. I’m not all knowing when it comes to computers, so short of throwing the laptop across the room, what can I do???

  • when i sign in 4 windows live messenger it says my firewalls wont allow it

  • Hey people,i click on my msn shortcut on the desktop and it comes up with messenger has encountered a problem and needs to close,.. i use msn a lot,,.. and now i cant even open the application need help !!!!!thanks Alan


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