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Messenger Plus!

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  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
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  • Windows 8
Latest version: 17/10/12
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Messenger Plus! is fully compatible with:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

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Available languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Catalan
  • Chinese Simp
  • Chinese Trad
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Portuguese


The popular add-on, updated for Windows Live Messenger 2011

Elena Santos

Recent changes

  • Support WLM 2012

Review last updated: 08/04/13

  • Very well integrated into Messenger
  • Vast selection of new and improved features for Messenger
  • Nice interface design
  • Add your own features with scripts
  • Very easy to use
  • Takes a while to configure all of its options
  • You need scripting knowledge to create new tools
  • Applying skins requires Messenger restart

Messenger Plus! Live is the one essential add-on for Windows Live Messenger, period. After 150 million installations since 2001, when it started as a simple add-on for MSN Messenger 3, Messenger Plus! is guaranteed to improve your Messenger experience by leaps and bounds. You won't just get a couple of new options, what you'll get is a whole new dimension for the Windows Live Messenger software.

Thought out end-to-end to improve and enhance your instant messaging without getting in your way, Plus! adds lots of capabilities to Windows Live Messenger. It lets you use them at your will from the simple Plus! menu that gets added to every Messenger window and a couple of new buttons you'll find within the Messenger interface:

Tabbed chats

Use a tabbed web browser? Even if you don't, you might find tabbed conversations useful for organizing your chats by converting a myriad of windows into a simple single one. Vertical tabs on the left, normal tabs on the top. You name it. You can also use tabs to group just some special chats and keep all the rest in normal windows.

Personalized Status

Create custom away or busy statuses with a special name tag, personal message or even an auto-responder. Set a timer to reset your status in a certain time and organize presets to reuse common statuses.

Contacts on Desktop

Similar to what ICQ used to offer, you can show the status of any desired contact on your desktop in the form of small floating windows. You can drag and drop messages or links into these to send a message to the contact, or drop a file to start a transfer.

Event viewer and event logging

Contact sign ins and sign outs, status changes, display name and personal messages changes. Everything can be logged and archived in XML-based files which you can view from your browser. You can also use the Event Viewer in the Plus! menu to view this info in real time, to find if a certain contact signed in earlier or analyze their status changing behaviour, or even their musical tastes!

"Messenger Plus! 5.11 has flash animations (winks)"

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  • usability10
  • Stability10
  • Installation10
  • Functionality10
  • Appearance10

The latest version of Messenger Plus! for Windows Live Messenger is 5.11 adds the ability to send flash animations (winks) to contacts. It also keeps in tact the popular, traditional Messenger Plus! features like Unlock Messenger and multiple accounts. In response to the question about compatibility with ($$$#0#$$$) (WLM) 2011, Versions 5.0 and higher of Messenger Plus! are compatible with both WLM 2011 and WLM 2009 (XP)

  • Choice of 35 winks
  • Skin Creator and editor (since 5.10)
  • Chat Assistant
  • Brazilian Portuguese version now available
  • Still supports both WLM 2011 and WLM 2009 (XP)
  • To view the winks and some other features, your contacts also need to download Messenger Plus!

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