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Windows 7: Is there a third party replacement for Windows Live Messenger?


27 Mar 2013   #1

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Is there a third party replacement for Windows Live Messenger?

I know that Microsoft (in their infinite wisdom) will be phasing out their Windows Live Messenger. They want me to install Skype, but I do not want it.

I use WLM on my old XP machine simply as an indicator that I got an email. You know, when it plays that sound and gives me a little popup window by the clock. That is all I need it for.

So I'm wondering if there's any third party program to do this when Microsoft WLM will be no more?

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27 Mar 2013   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

i use trillian, just link it to your hotmail account.
i use it to monitor my gmail, yahoo, hotmail emails and facebook messages.
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27 Mar 2013   #3

Win7 Pro SP1 64
 
 

I use Pidgeon, it will handle all of the IM's.
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29 Mar 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If all you want is to get a notification for mail, then MSN isn't a good option either. What about a mail program like Outlook or at least Thunderbird? Those can show icons and notifications and don't come with the messaging thing that MSN has and you don't like.
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31 Mar 2013   #5

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Thank you, for your suggestions!
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31 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

You can also try portable skype if you just don't want it invading your system.
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