Messenger, Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger... what's the diffenence?

Discussion in 'Windows MSN Messenger' started by George, Aug 11, 2003.

  1. George

    George Guest

    There appears to be three different applications. How do
    I know which one I should use for video conversations with
    only one other person? Is there an advantage of one
    program over the other? I have XP with sp1 and I
    downloaded MSN 6.0.0602. I also see that I have Messenger
    4.7.2009 on my system. I see from services that there is
    an application call Messenger. What is the difference in
    these three programs and which on do I want to use? Why
    does Microsoft offer different programs if they do the
    similar things? This is very confusing.... thanks for
    answers
     
    George, Aug 11, 2003
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  2. Greetings George,

    The "Messenger" Service listed in Services is the 'Messenger Service' for receiving quick
    messages over a network. Both MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger are instant messaging
    clients for the .NET Messenger Network.

    Choosing between MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger is a matter of personal taste and what
    features you'd like to use. MSN Messenger is centered around MSN technologies (Hotmail, MSN
    Member Profiles, MSN Mobile, etc.) whereas Windows Messenger is centered around Windows
    technologies (Exchange Server, Greenwich/RTC Server, Windows Netmeeting, etc.).

    As for video conversations, MSN Messenger 6's 'Webcam' feature works on all Windows versions
    but only with MSN Messenger 6 users. Windows Messenger's "Start Camera" option only works
    with Messenger clients on Windows XP (including MSN Messenger 6 on XP -- the equivalent
    option in MSN Messenger 6 is 'Start Video Conference' from the Actions menu).
     
    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Aug 11, 2003
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  3. George

    george Guest

    WOW .... that was a clear and to the point response ...
    much better then I expected. This helps me a lot to make
    an informed decision ... thanks
    the 'Messenger Service' for receiving quick
    Messenger are instant messaging
    matter of personal taste and what
    around MSN technologies (Hotmail, MSN
    Messenger is centered around Windows
    feature works on all Windows versions
    Messenger's "Start Camera" option only works
    Messenger 6 on XP -- the equivalent
     
    george, Aug 11, 2003
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  4. Hi George,

    You're very welcome =).
     
    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Aug 11, 2003
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