toggle

AAPL Stock: 95.7 ( + 0.67 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Microsoft axing MSN for Mac, new client soon?

updated 06:20 pm EST, Tue November 6, 2007

Possible new MSN client

A Microsoft employee yesterday unveiled plans for a messenger client for Mac OS X during a presentation at the Georgia Institute of Technology's IEEE Student Branch, according to one blogger. Microsoft will reportedly be killing off MSN Messenger for the Mac, and will replace it with a new as-of-yet unnamed client. This may not come as much of a surprise, since the Mac version of the instant message client has not seen any significant updates in recent months, and is missing many features from the Windows-based client - such as webcam functionality. [updated]

Although details were scarce in regards to the Mac client, the features are reported to be on-par with upcoming Windows Live Messenger v9.0, adding support for AIM, Google Talk, and ICQ handles. A release date has not been announced, but it may be ready for the Windows client's late 2008 - early 2009 release date.

Update: Microsoft has told us briefly that Messenger for the Mac is still "alive and kicking and is not being terminated", but MacNN is waiting for more details and a follow-up to this third-party report.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    icq?

    oh goody i can't wait 'til i can use icq again.

  1. 64stang06

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Late 2008?

    Well, as long as the current version still works. Let's hope for a public beta release...

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    ichat support?

    Oh, how I wish we could have support for MSN in iChat... Adware MSN client? No thanks! I'll just keep using Adium...

  1. sailin74

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    MSFT/Mac

    Knowing Microsoft, it'll probably be a Web 2.0 app, that uses active X. Oops.

  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    soooo

    So they are killing msn messanger, and releasing a new app to replace it. Soooo sounds like they are upgrading the app and trying to get maximum press out of it.

  1. nhmlco

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Typical Microsoft

    In typical Microsoft fashion, they announce a new product that will be wonderful... when they get around to releasing it a year from now. Anyone care to bet as to when it's actually going to appear?

  1. Okonomiyaki

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    If...

    a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it... I guess Macnn will report it.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    trillian

    for OS X is in alpha right now I think. That's my answer to the MSN Messenger for Mac non-story.

    I've never tried Fire, which is no longer under development, but I'm downloading it now...

  1. Serenak

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    aMSN

    a sadly underlooked free client that supports a lot of features that the MS "Mac version" doesn't

    Yes webcams people - do video chat with your benighted Windows Live Messenger wedded chums....

    Unfortunately sound still is not working - but h*** if some lone coder can make a Mac "MSN/Live Messenger" client that works with cams why the h*** can't MS?

    Draw your own conclusions

    PS - I vote for Proteus, but obviously have to mention the great Adium and look forward to a real Mac Trillian... (but none of them do cams afik)

  1. Serenak

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Fire

    I loved Fire... but it is dead

    the coders went over to Proteus or Adium

    Adium is bigger and may "win" in the end - but I like Proteus and will use it until it is no longer available or supported.



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Fugoo Bluetooth speaker

It's rare to find a Bluetooth speaker that can cover a large array of needs. Generally, speakers are wrapped in a desktop-convenient ...

Epson LW-600P

Label makers are traditionally simple machines that perform a single task which people feel they can either live with or without. In m ...

Tylt Energi 2K battery pack

Backup batteries are gaining ground as one of the devices that, for many users, must be carried around every day. With lives connected ...

toggle

Most Commented