Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Post by SmVsbH » Thu, 21 Feb 2008 07:21:01


I have both Windows Messenger and Windows Live Messenger programs on my
computer.
Are they basically the same type of program?
If so should I uninstall one of them?
If so which one?

I have never used Windows Messenger (version 4.7) and don't know how.
I have used Windows Live Messenger (latest version) for instant messaging.
I suspect that it occasionally freezes up my computer. Maybe because I have
both programs installed.
 
 
 

Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Post by Jonathan K » Thu, 21 Feb 2008 13:43:42

Greetings Jelly,

They are separate applications and designed to be both installed. In fact, some features
within Windows Live Messenger require Windows Messenger to be installed, like Remote
Assistance, Whiteboard, Application Sharing and few other third-party things that make use of
the Messenger API.

Unless it's specifically bothering you, it is recommended that you leave it around.

--
Jonathan Kay
Microsoft MVP - Windows Live Messenger
MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
MessengerGeek Blog: http://www.yqcomputer.com/
Messenger Resources: http://www.yqcomputer.com/
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Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Post by churi » Fri, 22 Feb 2008 00:38:24

Hellow Jonathan,

Am I correct to say that your response is true on non-Vista Windows
OSes? On Vista WLM seems to be able to handle RA and all others without
Windows Messenger. Besides it appears Windows Messenger can not be
installed on Vista.

On Windows XP, I have both Windows Messenger and WLM. When I log in to
WLM I am automatically logged out of Windows Messenger but I can still
do RA from WLM. I wonder if Windows Messenger need remain installed.

churin
 
 
 

Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Post by On the Bri » Fri, 22 Feb 2008 10:40:20

>Windows Live Messenger require Windows Messenger to be installed, like

what about vista, that does have windows messenger, are these features
unavailable???

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Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Post by churi » Fri, 22 Feb 2008 11:15:31


In the above "I can still do RA from WLM" is not true and I can not. My
regular RA partner(help recepient) uses WXP. Whenever she has difficulty
initiating RA request I always give her instructions assuming she is
using WLM. I do not have any problem communicating with her this way. It
is bit of puzzling. I do not know what version of WLM she is using.

churin
 
 
 

Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Post by Jonathan K » Sat, 23 Feb 2008 10:47:08

Hi,

In Vista, Whiteboard and Application Sharing have been removed and Remote Assistance was
re-written to not require Windows Messenger.

--
Jonathan Kay
Microsoft MVP - Windows Live Messenger
MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
MessengerGeek Blog: http://www.yqcomputer.com/
Messenger Resources: http://www.yqcomputer.com/
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Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Post by Jonathan K » Sat, 23 Feb 2008 10:50:13

Greetings Churin,

To answer your question, yes I am referring to XP only. Windows Messenger does not work on
Vista and Remote Assistance in Vista was developed to be an independent with APIs that any
software can plug into (although I believe Windows Live Messenger is the only one at present
that does).

On XP, Windows Messenger simply needs to be installed as Remote Assistance expects it to be
there. It does not need to be running and certainly you should not be signed in on it if
you're using Live Messenger to initiate your sessions.

--
Jonathan Kay
Microsoft MVP - Windows Live Messenger
MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
MessengerGeek Blog: http://www.yqcomputer.com/
Messenger Resources: http://www.yqcomputer.com/
(c) 2008 Jonathan Kay - If redistributing, you must include this signature or citation
 
 
 

Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Post by churi » Sun, 24 Feb 2008 01:37:28


This negates what I stated previously being ""I can still do RA from
WLM" is not true". Another word you are saying RA can be initiated from WLM.

My experiment indicates that your above statement is true IF the Windows
XP on which WLM is running is 32bit version. I have Windows XP 32bit
system and Windows XP 64bit system. RA option is available with WLM
running on 32bit OS but not available with WLM running on 64bit OS even
though Windows Messenger is installed on it.
 
 
 

Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Post by mimije » Thu, 21 Aug 2008 02:29:32


Maybe the question to ask is, why would I need both? What do they do
differently? And which works best with Vista? I ask because I don't
know about other people, but I need to reduce the number of redundant
programs by selecting the best that work with my system. Unlike more
independant thinkers, I usually prefer MS products since I have Vista,
but since MS has a number of redundant or very similar products, I find
I need to even reduce those to just the ones I really need or want to
use.

so again, unless messenger and live messenger do extrememly DIFFERENT
things on a des or laptop, please, which one has the most or more
powerful features?


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mimijel
 
 
 

Windows Messenger versus Windows Live Messenger

Post by Jonathan K » Thu, 21 Aug 2008 11:28:47

Greetings,

Windows Messenger does not work on Vista. Of the "Messenger" Microsoft products, only
Windows Live Messenger 8.1 and above works on Vista so you have no choice. But, the Windows
Messenger feature set is nearly 8 years old and is slowly being phased out anyway.

--
Jonathan Kay
Microsoft MVP - Windows Live Messenger
MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
MessengerGeek Blog: http://www.yqcomputer.com/
Messenger Resources: http://www.yqcomputer.com/
(c) 2008 Jonathan Kay - If redistributing, you must include this signature or citation