Windows Live Messenger Free Download

Places to find a free Windows Live Messenger download

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Note: Windows Live Messenger is obsolete, officially phased out by Microsoft in April 2013 and finally shut down as of 31 October 2014.

Windows Live Messenger supported instant messaging and file sharing on Windows computers. Originally a standalone application download, Microsoft later bundled versions of Windows Live Messenger with its Windows Live for Windows 8 packages. (Note that Windows Messenger for Windows XP was a related but separate application from Windows Live Messenger.)

The official download location of Windows Live Messenger at Microsoft now refers customers to Skype - see Get Started with Windows Live Messenger (

A separate application called Messenger Plus! was originally an add-on for Windows Live Messenger that supported Internet voice chat (VoIP) features. This add-on continues to be supported as an extension to Skype - see Messenger Plus! for Skype

Because the service is shut down, old installations of the software no longer function. See also - Windows Live Messenger 8.5, 8.0 and 7.5 at

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