Windows Live Messenger - discontinued

This version introduced features such as handwriting and nudges.

Application Details:

Version: 7.0
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.17

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

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What works

Everything I tested (small avatars, changing fonts, changing window color, and using custom emoticons).

What does not

Running the program for more than 15 minutes (approx.). I didn't encounter this problem with 0.9.59 for many days, but for some strange reason on my current WINE version and previous ones, after a while the program will crash, then when you try to run it again, it will log in, report a wininet fixme about having no RAS support, then crash after logging in.

Large avatars don't work still, and no matter how you install Flash, winks refuse to work.

Default avatars don't install with MSN for some reason.


What was not tested

Webcam and voice features, and winks. The handwriting feature I didn't get a chance to test.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

I'd test this with one of the release candidates, but I still have Gutsy (still waiting for my install CD to come in the mail so I can switch over to Hardy). Also, I really don't know why it does this. I tried native wininet, and it crashed before starting. Oh, and native richedit is no longer necessary with releases of WINE newer than 0.9.61

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 07 20111.3.17Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 01 20091.1.16Yes Yes GarbageJaime Rave Torres 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 09 20091.1.12Yes Yes SilverClaudio 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 11 20081.1.6Yes Yes SilverJustin Soulia 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 20 20081.1.0Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
16147 Webcam doesn't work REOPENED View

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HowTo / Notes


- Set wine to Win2K

- Do sh winetricks riched20 msxml3 flash

Then just install and enjoy it.