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Universal Messenger for Mac 6.0 debuts

updated 02:45 pm EDT, Wed September 27, 2006

Messenger 6.0 released

Microsoft's Mac Business Unit has released Messenger for Mac 6.0, the first Universal application from Microsoft to run natively on both Intel-based Macs as well as PowerPC systems. Messenger 6.0 offers users more choice and customization options, as well as "worry-free" instant messaging via a new option to spell check messages. The Universal application allows Mac users to chat with Yahoo! buddies, and features "Personality Plus" that supports creation of custom emoticons as well as a personal display message, including "What I'm Listening To" -- a feature that displays what a user is listening to on iTunes. Business users can benefit from the choice to deploy Live Communications Server only, enabling easier IT management. Messenger for Mac 6.0 is available for free, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.

by MacNN Staff





  1. e2Sync

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still no video

    So what's the point? We have AdiumX and Skype, so all our bases are already covered.

  1. djcobb44

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wow, we're up to version 6.0, the number of added features makes me think this should have been a point version release like v5.5. I will get excited about MSN, errr I mean Microsoft Messenger when audio and voice chat is added to the feature list, if that ever happens.

  1. krispie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It has two obvious improvements - the text looks nicer for one. And more importantly, the conversation history seems to be stored in HTML (and is therefore searchable with spotlight at last).

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wait a minute.

    Version 6? Still no video?

    That's some brilliant sense of humor...

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Would someone take Microshit out of its misery once and for all already?

  1. houstonmacbro

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no video?

    still no video chat?

  1. RealMacManX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A/V support

    The lack of A/V support is due to the fact that the protocol used today in the Windows client is really old and is soon going to change. The MacBU team is waiting to catch up with the new protocol as explained in this blog entry by one of the MacBU team members: So be patient - A/V support will come...

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