Windows Live Messenger 2009 URLs not working in chat windows?

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MSN may just be intentionally affecting your IM experience forcing users to move to Live Messenger 2011
For over 3 weeks now, we have heard of reports saying that users have been having trouble sending URLs to friends when using MSN Windows Live Messenger. Hyperlinks are not parsing and users are having to copy and paste URLs in an effort to visit a website that they have been linked. If you do a Google search for this issue, the internet is riddled with forum posts highlighting this very issue and it seems that the problems arose only a few weeks preceding the launch of 2011.

Windows Live Messenger 2011 was released at the very beginning of October and MSN have been pushing users to move to the new release of their IM with update reminders and of course all the marketing that goes along with it.

Windows Live Messenger 2011 is a drastic move away from its predecessor Live Messenger 2009. The GUI for a start has many new features, characteristics and reacts in a totally different manner to previous Messenger versions. Many users are finding these new changes too much to grasp. Many of the contacts that I have in my list have complained and down-graded to the 2009 version. I have tried Windows Live Messenger 2011 myself and I do agree with the concerns that have been expressed. 2011 is a big step away from the traditional messenger experience.

If you pause and think about these issues (Not being able to post URLs to contacts properly) and that they have suddenly struck a vast majority of MSN Windows Live Messenger 2009 users you begin to wonder, are MSN pushing people into installing Windows Live Messenger 2011. It certainly seems that this is this case. It almost feels as though 2009 has been deliberately broken in an attempt to move people in 2011 direction. Effectively breaking the previous version of an application to force users to the latest version is not uncommon amongst developers.

So what options are there? There are none. Move to Live Messenger 2011 or an alternative IM client.


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Windows Live Messenger 2009 URLs not working in chat windows?

alexhull24



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#9269 Posted on: 20.11.2010 11:41:15
I did try Live Messenger 2011 and it's horrible. So bloated and wastes loads of space on the screen, including annoying animated adverts. I nuked it from my system very quickly.

I'm now using an alternative called Pidgin. It's brilliantly lightweight, but still functional. I couldn't ask for a better bit of software for my needs. It's also very reliable. I used it in Linux too for quite a while, I'm glad it's also available for windows.

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#9283 Posted on: 20.11.2010 12:52:28
I'll give that one a go - thanks Alex!

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#9284 Posted on: 20.11.2010 13:46:58
I was going to say I'm wondering why people are still using Microsoft MSN clients. Personally I use Digsby. Its got a minimal UI and chat interface, and signs into Facebook chat as well.

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#9287 Posted on: 20.11.2010 16:30:50
I've given up on WLM a while ago. It was hard switching away from it initially because no third-party messenger supported offline messages. Pidgin handles these really well now, so I'm using it nowdays. It's not as flashy and pretty as WLM, but it works and it supports Facebook messaging.

Digsby is a good alternative too, but it's way too heavy on ram compared to Pidgin. I hear that it integrates with Twitter and Facebook updates well though.

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#9290 Posted on: 20.11.2010 16:52:35
I too jumped onto the Windows Live Messenger 2011 when it first came out. Oh my God. How much room does it take up on the screen and I'm running at 1920x1200. I had it on for about a week and that was it. It had to come off. I went over to a program called Trillian 5.0. Not looked back since. Small memory footprint and lots and lots of options to configure it.... No more Live Messenger for me thank you !

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#9293 Posted on: 20.11.2010 17:01:42
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I too jumped onto the Windows Live Messenger 2011 when it first came out. Oh my God. How much room does it take up on the screen and I'm running at 1920x1200. I had it on for about a week and that was it. It had to come off. I went over to a program called Trillian 5.0. Not looked back since. Small memory footprint and lots and lots of options to configure it.... No more Live Messenger for me thank you !
There's a compact mode to make it a wee bit smaller

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/wi...indows/?p=3362

My friend has been trying to convert me to Trillian for a while now. I hear that the program has advert banners? It's the only thing holding me back atm. And how much ram is it using?

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#9295 Posted on: 20.11.2010 17:40:02
Yeah but it's still to damn big for me lol.. At the moment Trillian is using a massive 9mb of my 6gig system ram lol... As for the banners... Send me your email address and I'll send you the "non banner" .exe

*Edit: I'll just send you my version Follow the .nfo...

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#9297 Posted on: 20.11.2010 19:07:36
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I was going to say I'm wondering why people are still using Microsoft MSN clients. Personally I use Digsby. Its got a minimal UI and chat interface, and signs into Facebook chat as well.
Excellent another Digsby user! The best thing is that I can install it on my memory stick and still use it on the Uni computers.

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#9301 Posted on: 20.11.2010 20:57:09
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Yeah but it's still to damn big for me lol.. At the moment Trillian is using a massive 9mb of my 6gig system ram lol... As for the banners... Send me your email address and I'll send you the "non banner" .exe

*Edit: I'll just send you my version Follow the .nfo...
Heheh no it's okay. I haven't tested yet, but I doubt the banners will be too annoying. Ram usage looks excellent!

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Excellent another Digsby user! The best thing is that I can install it on my memory stick and still use it on the Uni computers.
I love portable apps! But I thought University computers were for studying and not instant messaging hm? )

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#9307 Posted on: 20.11.2010 23:04:01
Hmm you have a fair point... :P. But then most uni students tend to be on FB chat all lunchtime so I may as well be different hehe.

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#9373 Posted on: 23.11.2010 13:01:17
So whats best? Digsby or Pidgin!

Also, are there any apps/downloadable im programs for phone? I dont have a smart phone, iphone or android, so i just need an im program that uses wap or phone internet? Any ideas? HELP!

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#9396 Posted on: 24.11.2010 08:44:53
I've been using Pidgin for the past couple of days and I really like it. Its simple and easy to use. For some reason I have to keep adding the certificate but I think that might be because I have MSN installed still - which reminds me I should remove that now.

The thing that put me off Digsby was seeing this article here: http://lifehacker.com/5336382/digsby...-to-make-money it really annoys me when companies resort to this kinda thing.

Pidgin seems to be very light, has no advertising whatsoever and just works as an IM. Simple and effective.

Screenie:

[IMG]http://www.download.hr/modules/screenshots/windows/pidgin-1.png[/IMG]

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#9437 Posted on: 25.11.2010 23:25:50
hahah, why do you have 'the gimp' in your toolbar? Babe, you need to keep those type of things behind closed doors :P

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#9441 Posted on: 25.11.2010 23:29:05
Haha, it's an open source image editing program.

Mish, check the latest version of Pidgin - they should have fixed that certificate issue now. If the website link is still down I can send it to you.

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#9444 Posted on: 25.11.2010 23:31:16
LOL that aint even my screenie!! I got it off google. Proof - Date.... !

I'll take a look now mate. Lovely program this, thanks for recommending it.

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#9448 Posted on: 25.11.2010 23:35:41
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LOL that aint even my screenie!! I got it off google. Proof - Date.... !
I know that - it looks nothin like your desktop @ home - just enjoy the reaction

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#9451 Posted on: 25.11.2010 23:38:57
Yeah, that looks like the linux version, but the windows one is almost identical.

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#9452 Posted on: 25.11.2010 23:43:10
lol theres no maybe, i downloaded the old msn messenger last week after a fresh install and it refused to let me sign in without updating to the current version, curse microsoft for this, the new one i find is annoying, i run fraps for my gaming and recording things occasionally and my fraps loads up with both the messenger window and windows live email.

they shouldn't be allowed to do this, it's what drove me from windows in the first place, ( the 2008 msn update, that didnt work but couldn't use the old one that did work ) urgh.

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#9453 Posted on: 25.11.2010 23:46:05
Unfortunately they own the show... when a corporation operates with such a holding what they say goes. Nothing will even happen about it.

You are right though mate, and its why people are tempted to piracy... there is the cost but then there is the way they act and force things upon you.

http://www.pidgin.im/ - Awesome to see that Pidgin have finally sorted the problem with the certificate thing. I was having to re-assign every single day

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#9454 Posted on: 25.11.2010 23:49:10
yup i get hear that lol

back from my Mac days, i used to use Adium, marvellous little program, like pidgin but Mac only and so much prettier and tonnes of tweaking options just wish they'd bring it to windows now

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#9524 Posted on: 26.11.2010 19:41:51
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http://www.pidgin.im/ - Awesome to see that Pidgin have finally sorted the problem with the certificate thing. I was having to re-assign every single day
Yeah, the latest 2.7.6 update got it sorted it. Good thing because it was getting annoying to fix it all the time.

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