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

Virtually everything I tested, which includes all general IM functions, adding smileys and using them (animated or otherwise), winks, logging in and out and having it work without a crash, applying a color scheme to the program or a picture background, using an avatar (set to small size), and a few other small things.

What does not

Using avatars set to the bigger size, running without DLL overrides, and the tab listing a minimized chat window will not blink when a new message is recieved.


What was not tested

Webcams and some other random settings I can't name off the top of my head.

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Additional Comments

I'd give it a gold but I don't know if there are bugs in the other features of MSN. However, it's great this is working. I didn't really care if it worked or not, but the rest of my family sure like having a familiar piece of software to use for IM (none of them like Pidgin or Kopete).

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 NoSilveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 01 20091.1.16Yes Yes NoGarbageJaime Rave Torres 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 09 20091.1.12Yes Yes NoSilverClaudio 
CurrentUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 11 20081.1.6Yes Yes NoSilverJustin Soulia 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 20 20081.1.0Yes Yes NoSilveran 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.