MSN Messenger - Appearing Offline Issue

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by oxymoronica, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. oxymoronica macrumors newbie

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    Hi all! I'm intending to get a Macbook Pro, but there is one particular issue that makes me hesitant on purchasing one.

    I've heard (from friends) and read (in mostly forums) that that are issues with appearing offline and/or signing in (and staying connected) on MSN?

    Also, can I do group conversations on the Messenger on Mac (or maybe Adium? aMSN?) :confused:
     
  2. circularforward macrumors 6502

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    I use messenger for mac every so often, and I don't have any issues with appearing offline. However, the mac version is very poor in features compared to the windows version. It's awful actually, and the public beta is very buggy. Hopefully the new messenger in office 2011 will be much better, but it still looks to be worse than the current windows version from looking at the beta.

    When I really have to use messenger to chat with others, I use a windows vm and the windows version of messenger. Also, aMSN and adium still don't have all the functionality of the windows version either but are good programs on the whole.
     
  3. Fa7mac macrumors regular

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    If you're going Mac forget about MSN. It is terrible in all ways
    I also have problems If I want to put my status:appearing Offline, after a while my friends don't get my messages and Im logged out
    options for me:
    1-iChat through Nimbuss
    2-Palringo
    3-Skype
    Since I went Mac, I never did video chatting again :(
     
  4. oxymoronica thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh dear! I can't ever abandon MSN because where I live, ALL my friends use MSN (and quite rarely, Skype) :( Looks like I'm going to have to make do with the flaws of Mac's MSN!

    THANKS! ;)
     
  5. oxymoronica thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like I'm going to have a really hard time adapting to Mac's MSN :(

    What do you mean by "I use a windows vm and........"???
     
  6. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    Group conversations still work perfectly fine, I can vouch this for you. As far as appearing offline, I've never had any issues at all.

    I used Adium for awhile and it's decent but, really, has no more functionality then MSN for mac so I'd rather take MSN, as much as I hate windows I generally trust them.

    I also tried Mercury which was pretty good except I wouldn't suggest it. It was fine for about a month then started eating up CPU, like 95% of it.

    You get used to MSN for mac pretty quick though. It's not perfect and certainly isn't up to par but it's not bad.
     
  7. circularforward macrumors 6502

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    I run a windows virtual machine with vmware fusion so that I can run the windows version of messenger. I keep the vm around for messenger, anydvd, and clonedvd2. I haven't been able to find good mac equivalents of those 3 programs.
     

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