Windows Live Messenger Delivers

By Davis D. Janowski  |  Posted 2006-07-13 Print this article Print

Review: There's a lot to like here, but those new to instant-messaging clients might find Windows Live Messenger's integration with Microsoft's grand plan overwhelming.

Longtime fans of MSN Messenger rejoice: Youve got an all-new, fresh-out-of-beta descendant to start using as your new communications hub. Whether its text-messaging, voice calls, or video chats, the new client—Windows Live Messenger—mostly delivers. This beta ripened fairly quickly too; it was just a little over six weeks ago that we reported Windows Live Messengers public availability. Overall, I like it and find its interface straightforward, clean, and for the most part, intuitive; I think most longtime users will probably agree.

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Davis D. Janowski Davis D. Janowski is Lead Analyst for Web Applications and Software, charged with covering the likes of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and millions of other Internet and Web companies. Prior to this, he served as Section Editor for Consumer Networking, GPS Products, Phones & PDAs (Mobile and VoIP), Associate Editor for Networking Infrastructure, and Associate Editor for Internet Infrastructure. Before joining PC Magazine, Janowski worked as a medical editor, covering epidemiology and infectious diseases, receiving training at the Centers for Disease Control. At one point, he acted as guide for a CDC team, collecting ticks for a study on the origins of human ehrlichiosis in the Florida bush. Before that he made a very modest living as a freelance writer and photographer, covering scuba diving and nautical archaeology.

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