New MSN Messenger coming?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mrjamin, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. mrjamin macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003
    I've been trying out a beta of MSN Messenger 6 (for *coughs* windows). M$/MSN are supposedly doing a major overhaul to the MSNM network/client this summer, could this mean a new, improved mac version? Could this be why the speculation about the new iChat hasn't suggested MSN support?

    This beta has some pretty cool features, like the ability to make your own smilies (plus loads of builtin new ones) and iChat-esq avatars. The over UI is a massive improvement over previous versions, and it is starting look more like the Mac version. New features include:

    o Ability to start chats with a contact group
    o improved filesharing
    o improved webcam/audio support (multiple audience, like Yahoo)
    o integrated boardgames (not available yet) a few more new features. It'd be great to see these features ported to the mac as i'm sure you'll agree, the current client is pretty sucky.

    check out

  2. pEZ macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Hopefully it will either be integrated with iChat or Proteus will be updated sometime soon. I hate using Microsoft products in general, including office - as long as a new mac version is compatible with a different program so I don't have to use MSN messenger, I'm happy.
  3. synthetickittie macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2002
    why hate using a prodect JUST because its made by microsft? if msn messanger is a good product then use it. I dont use a lot of micsoft products because the fact not a lot of them are accually good but if they make something I think is good Im gonna use it and happly because I could care less who makes some thing I only care whats good and what isnt
  4. braindrain macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2003
    Didn't we just have a new MSN Messenger not too long ago?
  5. Eckslusive macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2002
    yeah..i dont think we'll see one for quite a while...maybe not until august.
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    How can there be a beta of MSN Messenger 6 when the current Windows Messenger beta is only 5? Win Msgr used to be ahead of MSN, now it looks like it's falling behind!
  7. AppleMatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2003
    Argh I hate to say it, but it's pretty nice.

    Much better than the 5 (which seems to me an in-between of 4 and 6).

    Hopefully the MacBU will tear this to pieces and make us an even better one! (improved startup time PLEASE!!!).

  8. Chimaera macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2002
    meh - I wish *someone* would write a decent client for OSX - Fire is the closest I've seen, but at the moment my IM-ing is handled by running Trillian via RDC on one of my XP boxes at home - less than ideal :)
  9. Wardofsky macrumors 65816

    Aug 6, 2002
    They have made a whole MSN client for OS X I think, but you have to pay a subscription.

    MSN for Mac OS X
  10. richie macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2002
    Melbourne, Australia
    Try Proteus ( - it's amazing :) And just days away from getting updated to 3.0
  11. Chimaera macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2002
    I'm not about to pay for *another* IM client - it just isn't worth it :)
  12. Schiffi macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2003
    Actually MSN Messenger is free, though it is stuck at 3.5 and doesn't allow voice chat or streaming video.
  13. rjames macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2003
    MSN Messenger for Mac

    I have been in touch with Microsoft's Mac Business Unit and did a bit of research into MSN Messenger for Mac and it appears even though Microsoft haven't released any information on their sites as yet about MSN Messenger for Mac, there are plans to develop the Messenger Application further by completely over-hauling the design, adding Voice over IP capabilities and much more, I found this from an article which Microsoft Released earlier this year on it's commitment to the Mac Platform.

    Other things to look forward to will be a new version of Office vX later this year, although the damper on things at the moment is that Development for Internet Explorer for Mac has stopped, no new versions will be released and Microsoft are now only offering technical support, let's hope Apple manage to get Safari fixed up soon or we'll have nothing!
  14. SilvorX macrumors 68000


    May 24, 2002
    'Toba, Canada
    there's always camino...cept on panther

    i would like to see a HUGE overhaul on msn messenger, such as make it out of cocoa possibly, its always buggy for me :(, signs up even when i just start to download a file, always selects safari to open links although camino is default, it needs more features of course, msn webchat integration (using vpc annoys me and most of my friends want me to go chat on stupid msn chat :( although that'dd never happen lol), needs a faster ui as well as faster conversation history plugin..since it takes forever to read conversations of the past due to the smilies

    I kinda want to see msn messenger 4 for mac since most of my friends are big fans of msn messenger, but i also dont want to see it since its made by microsoft
  15. FredAkbar macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2003
    Santa Barbara, CA
    What do you mean? Why not on Panther?

  16. Sepulchre macrumors member

    May 27, 2002
    I'm reading this on a PC, I'd downloaded the new MSN Messenger a few nights ago. The version is a preview version of 6 (6.0.0268 to be precise).

    Hope that helps.

    Still prefer trilian though on the PC.

  17. Lanbrown macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2003
    How about because it's just another single network IM client. If you have Yahoo, AIM, IRC and MSN, why should you need to have three or four clients? One client is far better, as they already take lots of memory to run, so now you don’t have a lot of wasted resources.
  18. AppleMatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2003
    Features for the new MSN that need to be included, IMO:

    - Faster startup. How many bounces on my 867MHz G4? Sort it please.
    - Everything in the MSN 6 beta brought over to Mac. The Mac BU have already proved they can do what Microsoft PC do, and better (Office v.X)


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