It's the one year anniversary for "an update for mac MSN"

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mwxiao, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. mwxiao macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    On Dec. 18 2008, the Office for Mac Team posted a blog to update the status of Mac MSN.

    In that blog, they said they "are now on the path to implement A/V support in the personal service", and it was "a huge milestone that will enable us to continue moving forward with Messenger for Mac development". The posted that update because they "can’t wait and are dying to share with you the progress we’ve made so far."

    Today is Dec. 18 2009. It is now officially a year. In this year, Google has developed a browser and operating system. That Office for Mac team can't even deliver a beta update to a chatting program. What else can I say?

    I hope any of that team member can see this post because their blog has disabled comment (I can see why).

    PS, the link to the one-year-old-update: An-Update-on-Messenger-for-Mac
  2. jon08 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2008
    Hahahaha, this is just getting more and more ridiculous every day. It's truly unbelievable how incompetent they are. It's been ages and no progress at all. Shame on you. MSN Messenger for Mac = a piece of crap compared to the Window$ version of it.
  3. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    Does anyone actually use MSN for chatting anymore? I thought we gave it up at the end of the 90s.
  4. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    People use it. Ever been on Omegle? :p

    I stopped using MSN because of the lack of video-chat.

    I use Skype or iChat to video-chat with my family back in Canada.

    Its truly amazing that they haven't updated this App. MSN for Mac is stuck in a timewarp....... it has the same functionality as it did 10 years ago.
  5. haiggy macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2003
    Ontario, Canada
    The beta version (8.0.0) has been leaked on the internet for a while. I've had it for atleast 6 months. I don't use it though.. I can't remember if video and audio worked but it is there in the program. I'm sure it probably does.
  6. G-Force macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2006
    I sure hope for once they will make a really good MSN client. The current one is just outdated.

    I would really like a new modern interface. The current one takes up way too much space and is kinda ugly. Also, it would be nice if they could tell us what's up with Messenger...
  7. MaTUC macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    Happy Anniversary :D !!

    Microsoft was just fooling around with us , it was a joke :rolleyes:
  8. Forsaken macrumors regular


    Dec 1, 2009
    I wonder why they even bother - Adium has blown everything else out of the water.
  9. Mackan macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2007
    I guess it is one guy working on it, or something. In any case, there must be politics involved. They probably constantly evaluate if it makes sense to develop and support applications for a competitor's OS. Apple is doing the same.
  10. AAPLaday Guest


    Aug 6, 2008
    Manchester UK
    I use or used to use video chat on msn all the time on my pc laptop. Since switching to mac its one of the things that i miss the most from windows world. I use amsn but it is very flaky and adium is no good to me because i need the video option to chat to my cousins and mates 200 miles away.
  11. Middling macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    Since, over the last year or so, Microsoft has shown a more open-minded stance towards open source, even going so far as to release software under the GPL, perhaps MSN for Mac can be dropped and resources diverted to making libpurple (and from there Adium) a better WLM library/client?

    OK, i know that's probably a bit unrealistic, but releasing the protocol specs and the codecs used in their AV implementation would probably be a great help.

    Best of all would be for Microsoft to transition their client to the official standard for IM, XMPP, but i know that's not going to happen (at least until all the other IM providers are using it).
  12. G-Force macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2006
  13. rsm20 macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2009
    I dont understand why aMSN can do video and Audio... but they can't?:confused:
  14. macbwizard macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2005
    I'm convinced that the mac team at Microsoft is completely incompetent.
  15. MaTUC macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    We are 3 months away to get a new Messenger version.. yay :rolleyes:
  16. Zimmer62943 macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2008
    try that forum link again, seems that they are so incompitent, they cant even keep thier blogs running
  17. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Maybe they finally realized that they have to recode the whole app as it's a piece of crap.
  18. bartzilla macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2008
    Because it might not be a matter of "can't", it might be a matter of "can't do it good enough". Also, I suspect they're targeting compatibility with at least the next version of the Live server-side stuff, not just the stuff that's out there today.
  19. completeidiot23 macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2009
    been using adium for msn, using my google account,
    which the theme set to look like ichat, works well for me.
  20. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    Depends what country you're in, Im from the UK and it's the most popular IM here, In Germany they use ICQ which I had never even heard of before, and Im told AIM is most popular in the US.

    Am I right thinking the Mac team at Microsoft is really small? that would explain why it takes them forever to do anything, plus if MSN messenger isn't dominant in the US then maybe they are reluctant to spend money on developing it.
  21. aery macrumors member


    Nov 27, 2009
    Continuing with seb-opp's post, I'm in Canada and MSN seems to be the most widely used messenger here as well. I've been using it for at least 9 or 10 years now with most of my circle of family and friends also exclusively on MSN. I have Skype too but know of almost no one that uses it which therefore almost renders it pointless to me, even though it's a great service.

    I really just don't understand the issues with the display pics, I can see some of my contacts pics and not others. Of course there are many other issues with Messenger:Mac but we all know that.
  22. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    I suppose you live in the US. Truth to be told, MSN is the most commonly used IM in most parts of the rest of the world. At least EU & Asia as I know personally.
  23. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    On the other hand M$ is getting into the disadvantage concerning their own services. Providing a fully functional MSN version for Mac is actually a huge market in Mac terms. Most people, I know owning a Mac and living outside the US, can't use iChat because they are neither willing to pay for a ME subscription and further have most of their IM contacts on MSN.

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