Windows Live Messenger - discontinued

The last version available for Windows 95 and NT 4.0.

Application Details:

Version: 5.0
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 0.9.21.

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What works

Browsing contact list, sending messages.

What does not

  • Clicking on emotions in the emotions list does not add them to the message you are sending, and if you use the emotion 'shortcuts', like '(@)', they appear as plain text
  • Messages are not sorted properly if you scroll the conversation window


What was not tested

Probably all features not mentioned here.

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Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 6.06 "Dapper" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 18 20060.9.21.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
CurrentGentoo LinuxMay 25 20060.9.13.Yes Yes BronzeAlexander Nicolaysen Sørnes 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

  • Be sure to use the version for Windows NT 4.0 and 2000; not the one for Windows 95
  • Use winecfg to change the Windows version for 'msnmsgr' to 'Windows NT 4.0', otherwise Messenger will refuse to log you in, telling you it needs to be updated
  • Place riched20.dll in Wine's windows/system32 folder, and use winecfg to add a DLL override so 'msnmsgr' uses native 'riched20'
  • Go to 'Tools' -> 'Options...' -> 'General' and uncheck 'Display MSN Today when Messenger signs in'