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Messenger for Mac 5.0 gains tabs, new UI, security

updated 09:10 am EDT, Tue August 9, 2005

Messenger for Mac 5.0

Microsoft has announced in response to the "enterprise need for enhanced Mac instant messaging." The new version of improves the "consumer IM experience" as well as enabling corporate IM with support for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005. Messenger for Mac 5.0 introduces tabbed viewing, "a new approach for Mac customers who use instant messaging for work and for play." Users may simultaneously access corporate and personal Messenger accounts and set a unique user status on each. Support for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 enables enterprise customers to IM in a security-enhanced manner via the corporate tab with colleagues inside and out the network.

Messenger for Mac 5.0 has an updated design that features a Mac OS X-like brushed-metal look and feel in addition to a refined Preferences pane. Version 5.0 also includes new features that allow customers to develop their online personalities with customizable display pictures and the ability to view animated and custom emoticons.

"Methods of communication and collaboration in the workplace have changed drastically in the last few years -- particularly with IM becoming a common means of interoffice communication," said Van Baker, vice president and research director for Gartner. "An enterprise solution is needed to provide a true office collaboration tool rather than the typical 'buddy' IM we have seen in the past."

by MacNN Staff





  1. guytoronto

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares?

    No video?

    MSN Messenger is so far behind the times. The only thing they have going for it is its dominance in the PC market.

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Always Behind

    Microsoft really hasn't innovated anything new in a long time and even Internet Explorer for Windows doesn't offer the things that FireFox does. I wouldn't be suprised if we don't see Video chat for sometime in Messenger. They are probably using a Microsoft Windows only method of doing this video.

  1. x

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Did they yank it off their website? I can't find it anymore.

  1. gregjsmith

    Joined: Dec 1969



    OK, so where is the actual download link for this? The link here only goes to the generic Microsoft Mac page.

  1. Richard Cassidy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Who cares?

    guytotronto wrote: > MSN Messenger is so far behind the times. The only thing they have going for it is its dominance in the PC market.

    Remind you of anything else? Oh yeah, Internet Explorer, the PC version at that.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What domination??

    Someone's earlier post implied that MSN is the dominant IM on WinTel. This is in fact incorrect. After quite some digging, I foud some MediaMetrics stats from late last year where AOL (AIM/ICQ) is the king (about 58%); Yahoo, MSN and others are fighting it out for the bottom half. Therefore, iChat is tied into the dominant platform.

    About the only thing where MSN has some market share is third-world market share (where Windows is 'free', MS rules).

  1. MacPino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So Europe=3rd world??!!

    These numbers are, without a doubt, American only. Usage numbers in most of Europe are more like 90% msn, 10% for the rest.

    And I don't think I live in a third world country...nor do the Brits, the Germans or the French...

  1. poocat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Asia is also dominated by MSN. And... I mean, it's not like AOL is providing a great competitive platform. Login from Shanghai takes 3 seconds for MSN and 12 for AIM (these are estimates based on experience, please no number fighting).

  1. j0nkatz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Where the heck is it? All I see is a link to 4.x.

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and apple never announced the release of some software that we couldn't get until a day or two later?

    Who cares about video; 98% of chatting is text anyway. Besides, the purpose of this software is to message with people who use this service.

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