(A zipped version of the programme is also available to bypass security software blocking). Once downloaded, a window will pop-up that looks like this: Click "Start" and the programme will automatically modify Messenger and restart it.The software runs on Windows XP through to Windows 8 and . If Windows Live Essentials is not installed, Reviver will offer the option to install the software.
Skype, while good, doesn't have the same stability as MSN and adds a lot of unwanted clutter.
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Logging in to either account will show the same contacts list.
Subsequent launches of Skype will display a Windows Live style login.
Microsoft has sent emails to Windows Live Messenger users asking them to upgrade to Skype because the company is going to close Windows Live Messenger service on March 15, 2013.
Following are the content of the email: On 15th March 2013 we are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together.
Messenger Reviver 2 is a free piece of software that installs, repairs and modifies Windows Live Messenger '08, '09, '11 and '12 to allow them to sign in, despite Microsoft's block.
Currently, when you access Messenger you're prompted to "install the newer version in order to continue," but Reviver installs a patch that allows WLM to continue to be used.
The Messenger service would continue only for mainland China.
Messenger for Mac 8.0.2, released January 31, is presumably the final update for the software.
After October 31st Chinese Messenger users will need to use Skype, bringing an end to 15 years of the service.