Is there a way to download regular MSN on a Mac?

Femme

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Mar 28, 2010
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Hi, im new to macbooks, etc.
I was wondering if there is a way to download regular windows live messenger on a mac, instead of dowloading "windows live messenger for mac"?
 

1ofthedavids

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Jun 8, 2009
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Gentlemen, please. It is 100% possible to download the pc version of Windows Live Messenger on a Mac. The problem is actually doing anything with the .exe after it downloads..... :cool:
 

gorn

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If you're looking for video chat Mercury Messenger supports it on Mac over MSN: http://mercury.im/ But it's definitely not the actual windows live messenger.
 

mikeo007

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What about running it in a VM using something like VMware or parallels? Seems like a pretty workable solution to me.
 

Femme

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if anyone can, please help! the messenger for mac bores me to death:mad:
 

Gabriel GR

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You need to install it in a virtual machine.

Indeed the windows live messenger is much superior than the mac equivalent which is unstable, lacks some features and has much slower file transfer speeds.
 

PlaceofDis

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if you do not care about audio/video chatting with MSN Messenger, then i would say try Adium instead. highly customizable and wonderful software. the only thing lacking is the audio/video capabilities.
 

Chromide

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I have been using a Mac at work which is helping hold me over until the new MBPs are out. As I am a long time windows and linux user pidgin was my messenger of choice. After getting on OS X I have to say that IMO Adium puts everything I have ever used to shame.
 

1ofthedavids

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Yeah, I've tried it and it also doesn't work for me + it's buggy as hell. I wonder why MS released this "beta" publicly ! It really unusable.
Because people kept b*tching about m$ not releasing the beta to the public in March like they said they would, so they released it. Now that it's out, everyone is wondering why it's so buggy. Well, it's stamped BETA for a reason folks.
 

psingh01

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I think running VM's is a little too complicated for the OP considering the type of question he's asking. It's kind of over kill too just for a chat program.

The OP can look into Cross Over. It's a way to run windows applications directly on the Mac. It doesn't work with all apps though so you'll have to see if it works with what you want.
http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/

Another solution is to look for a Mac app that you'll like instead of trying to run the same windows apps. That is after all why you switched right? Look into Adium. It's a great chat client for Mac that works with many different chat apps (aim, google talk, yahoo etc).
 

Femme

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Mar 28, 2010
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I think running VM's is a little too complicated for the OP considering the type of question he's asking. It's kind of over kill too just for a chat program.

The OP can look into Cross Over. It's a way to run windows applications directly on the Mac. It doesn't work with all apps though so you'll have to see if it works with what you want.
http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/

Another solution is to look for a Mac app that you'll like instead of trying to run the same windows apps. That is after all why you switched right? Look into Adium. It's a great chat client for Mac that works with many different chat apps (aim, google talk, yahoo etc).
Im willing to try. What IS VM?
 

silexh

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Im willing to try. What IS VM?
Hi, a VM is short for Virtual Machine. A VM is basically a program that simulates a computer. You can install windows (or linux) on it and use it as a regular computer. Your screen is the window of the VM.
Because you basically use your mac as 2 computers this can slow down your computer. Also it is not very easy to set up and use. Certainly not for msn messenger.
Personally I never liked msn in the first place: it has a very cluttered interface and is not customizeable enough. Because of this I've always used 'boring' alternatives.
It seems for what you want your options are limited to:
-Use msn for mac
-use an alternative (I too recommend Adium)
-Try to use the program mentioned above to run msn for windows.

Also, you've come to a geek forum -not all geeks understand average users, try to read past that.

Good luck!