msn mess vs. win mess

Discussion in 'Windows MSN Messenger' started by Evan, Aug 28, 2003.

  1. Evan

    Evan Guest

    howdy, y'all:

    i currently use the windows mess with the msn options installed. other than
    skinnable chats, is there any reason to disable my win mess and switch over
    to the msn mess?


    Evan, Aug 28, 2003
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  2. Greetings Evan,

    Which one you use is entirely up to you -- however, here are some of the differences.

    Most notably, MSN Messenger 6 has support for display pictures, custom emoticons, some new
    file transfer capabilities (can send files through the server), a new(er) 'webcam' feature,
    built-in games, and the custom backgrounds.
    See the 'Learn More' links here:

    Which one you use is up to you, and a matter of personal choice (and based upon your needs
    and likes), however one thing to keep in mind, Windows Messenger must still be installed on
    Windows XP in order for MSN Messenger to retain full functionality (Remote Assistance,
    Whiteboard, Application Sharing, etc.).
    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Aug 28, 2003
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  3. Evan

    Evan Guest

    thx jonathan. p'rhaps i'll give msn a try.

    Evan, Aug 28, 2003
  4. Hi Evan,

    No harm in it =).

    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Aug 28, 2003
  5. Evan

    Evan Guest

    maybe i know too much for my own good...

    in order to keep both from rmess's from running at the same time, i disabled
    win mess in gpedit. msn mess appears okay, but have i reduced functionality
    or otherwise 'gone too far' by doing this?

    a little knowledge, eh?

    thx, again.
    Evan, Aug 28, 2003
  6. Hi Evan,

    You can do that, however when other applications (or if you engage Remote Assistance in some
    instances) try to load Windows Messenger -- the application may appear to "hang" for up to a
    minute (or two) as it tries to load Windows Messenger.
    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Aug 28, 2003
  7. Evan

    Evan Guest

    hi jonathan:

    i just ran into an instance where having win mess disabled causes a hang. it
    was a bit unexpected to me to. i even posted to another newsgroup before i
    remembered your wise words.

    in oe, when i go tools|address book and right-click on a contact and select
    properties, all is well. if, however, i right-click on a contact and select
    properties from the contacts bar view (just below the folders view), oe
    hangs for about 10-15 seconds before opening the contact's property dialog.

    so, i guess the contacts view is 'live' via win mess. now that i think about
    it, oe seemed to open more slowly also. AND, with only msn mess running,
    only my wab contacts were in the contact view whereas with win mess running,
    i get wab and online contacts. interesting, though, is i do NOT have 'log on
    to win mess' checked. ah, sweet mysteries of life...

    thx, again for your help.

    Evan, Aug 29, 2003
  8. Jonathan Kay [MVP], Aug 29, 2003
  9. Evan

    Evan Guest

    nice hack! works like a champ, thx!

    Evan, Aug 29, 2003
  10. Hi Evan,

    You're very welcome =).

    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Aug 29, 2003
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