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Windows Live Messenger: A Little History

25 mayo, 2021

Well, we started this special on Windows Live Messenger looking back a little. Because as we all well know Windows Live Messenger It has not been here since yesterday, but for more years than we can imagine that the Internet is for many a means of communication thanks to instant messaging.

What we now know as instant messaging began back in 1996, twelve years ago, with ICQ, who was the one who opened Pandora’s box. At first it was not widely used or known, however little by little it became famous.

Windows Live Messenger Special: A Little History

Its most notable characteristics were that of be able to communicate with other users in real time, send messages while offline and even multi-user conversation. What’s more we could set a personal numberAn idea that at first seems interesting but because the user did not decide, it was difficult to identify and remember them. It had a user directory in which to search and add our friends to chat with them.

Although the quality of ICQ was undoubted little by little he was ousted by Microsoft and his Messenger Due, perhaps, to the few updates to it that made it obsolete and that with the same boom more and more people were using it and its servers were more unstable. A couple of years after its release it was bought by AOL and it literally went into decline.

It was in those years that the messaging boom officially exploded and different applications came out such as Yahoo! Messenger and a year later MSN Messenger.

In version 1 of the latter the features were very basic, so basic that it seems incomprehensible that people left aside ICQ and he will go to the side of Microsoft. The only thing we could do was exchange text in conversation and have a list of contacts. In addition to being integrated with Microsoft Passport and email from Hotmail.

In its first version it also included access to the AOL despite the latter’s attempts to block the client from Microsoft, although finally and in the following versions this feature was eliminated.

In the next version of MSN Messenger very few improvements were included, basically power customize the conversation screen and the inclusion of a banner advertising. In version 3 they finally included the option to transfer files between users and VoIP options through Net2Phone.

Windows Live Messenger Special: A Little History

In the following years the application continued to be updated and version 4 that came out in October 2001 included the option to create user groups. In addition, at this time it was included Windows Messenger on Windows Xp. We will talk about the latter on another occasion.

The big change came with version 6, which came out in July 2003. At last, options were included to change the background of the windows, custom avatars and the use of emoticons. Something that many hate but that was a revolution without a doubt. In following updates of version 6 mobile options and to change the color theme in the windows were included. In addition, the protocol was updated to MSNP version 10.

Windows Live Messenger Special: A Little History

With version 7 came what many consider the final holocaust, the winks, the buzzing and the sale of emoticons. In addition to the option to draw and share it with our friends. In its updates, only options of the protocol it uses and the need to use Windows Xp or later to be able to use it.

Finally arrived Windows Live Messenger that was integrated with all Live services of Microsoft in a display of organization and unify our profiles on the internet. In the most interesting news we find the possibility of sharing folders with our friends, calls from our computer to conventional telephones (only in some countries where we find Spain).

Windows Live Messenger Special: A Little History

In addition, the possibility of adding friends from Yahoo! Messenger and send messages offline.

This first installment of this special ends here with a review of the history of this application and I remind you to stay tuned for future installments.