MSN Launches Web Messenger

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-11-19 Print this article Print

Following a three-month beta test, MSN Web Messenger goes live for remote IM access.

Web-based access for MSN Messenger has moved out of test mode. Microsoft Corp.s MSN division launched Web Messenger on Thursday, a move that puts its instant messaging service on par with leading competitors America Online Inc. and Yahoo Inc. when it comes to letting users chat without using a desktop client.
MSN Web Messenger, available as a beta in a limited number of markets since August, lets MSN Messenger members use the service through a Web browser. It is now live in 25 markets, including the United States.
"A lot of customers use computers where they cant get access to the client," said Brooke Richardson, lead product manager at MSN. "The goal with this is to enable people to get easy access to their Messenger contacts and the service." Whats the state of IM interoperability? Click here to find out. MSN Web Messenger supports multiple Web browsers for Windows: Internet Explorer 5.0 or later, Netscape 7.1 or later, or Mozilla 1.6 or later. AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo Messenger have offered Web-based access to their IM services for years. Check out eWEEK.coms for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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