I can't believe this bug is not fixed yet. Since 2009, winks and nudges are SOMETIMES missing in conversation windows with SOME contacts, and emoticons are not displayed correctly at the receiver (even though their button is there and they do show correctly at the sender's end). XP has passed, Vista is gone quicker than the wind, and now we're at Windows 7 with the new WLM version 2011 (15.4) - and the problem is still there!
Buttons for emoticons, video message, and invitation are still there, but not share, nudge, voice clip, games, activities. The problem is not apparent every time and not for all contacts - so it's not just a setting issue. And often the problem is just apparent on one side - the other person can send winks & nudges freely. Sometimes the problem goes away when restarting WLM, but not often. When pressing F2 to send a voice clip, I get a red error message saying that the person uses a version of Messenger that does not support voice clips. This is simply not true, since it works at other times. We're both using a new version of the original WLM, and we're sitting at our ordinary computers on our ordinary home networks.
WHAT is it that can cause a WLM session to think that the other user has some other version and remove these features?
Please tell us the tech stuff, please say exactly which ports need to be open, which services need to be running etc for these functions to work. Try to specify the best workarounds and say what kind of routines or restarts that might help and what would not help.
Thousands of people have had this problem for over a year now. WHAT more would it take to have somebody file a bug report and finally get it fixed? What's the selling point of Windows Live Messenger if its unique functions does not function?