I have been an MSN/WLM Messenger user for 15 years, and when MS took our beloved messenger from us, I was sooo disappointed, angry, sad and many other things. I felt like they broke into my house to steal my property. When I found messenger reviver, I was very happy, because I could use my favorite IM again. Thanks Jonathan for that! But I felt it won’t last long because MS tried everything to make us unhappy.
These days Messenger 2009 stopped working, and even when it worked, it gave us many problems. I didn’t get the half of the messages from my contacts, it suddenly signed out and didn’t connect back, emoticons didn’t appear, file transfer didn’t start, and so on. I tried version 2012 but I didn’t like it at all, so I decided to look for a messenger similar to the great wlm messenger, although I knew I won’t find anything that would look and function like our messenger. I didn’t find anything; all of the options were ugly, and boring. So I started to look for something I can totally edit, so it can look at least a little bit similar to msn.
I just wanted to share what I found and what I did with it, because it really looks similar to the old messenger (skinned) and it has every option messenger had (except the messenger plus abilities, but we can edit almost everything in this program in css, tmpl and cfg) It has many great other functions, you can choose between 11 themes, you’ll find audio and video call, screen sharing, really fast file transfer, sending screenshot, create chat rooms and conferences, view history, send nudge, change font style, font size (I think we can change font color too, but I didn’t find yet where to edit it), whiteboard option (you can draw anything you want with your chat mate). You can also copy your favorite animated emoticons there. I changed even the sounds, so it has the old messenger sounds. There is no annoying ads, and the great thing, that the conversation is encrypted
Here is a link; you can see how it looks like after some editing and designing:
Messenger with my old wlm background.
This messenger is totally free (there is an enterprise version as well, but we don’t need it), and we don’t even need to install it if we don’t want, because it has a portable version also.
If Jonathan could do anything to bring messenger 2009 back, it would be great, but in the meantime try this great piece. If you don’t like the basic themes, you can add your own background, so it will look like your beloved messenger. I can bravely say that after using this messenger, I don’t miss the other one, because I feel like I’m using an updated version of WLM.