Windows Live Messenger vs. Skype, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, AIM and Facebook
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Although there are no Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 Beta
bits available for download at this point in time, the Preview website made available by Microsoft delivers more than enough details on the upcoming release of WLM to at least give a taste of what’s coming. One piece of information on the site is the Windows Live Messenger Competitive Comparison Chart. Yes, it is essentially an instant messaging client measuring contest. The complete chart is included at the end of this article, but also available via the new Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 preview website
The comparison involves the upcoming version of Windows Live Messenger, and rival IM clients such as Yahoo Messenger
, Google Chat and Google Talk
and Facebook. The conclusion, which can be immediately drawn from the chart is that Windows Live Messenger is by far superior to alternative solutions such as Skype, Google Chat and Google Talk, ICQ, AIM and Facebook.
Yahoo Messenger is in fact the only IM client that manages to come close to Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 in terms of features, while still lacking video messages, status by category, rich status messages, status message synchronization, social updates from email, social updates notifications, iPhone app, Nokia app and access to APIs. For a complete list of the fresh features offered by Windows Live Messenger Wave 4, please read Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 New Features
“Windows Live Messenger is one of the world’s most popular ways to stay in touch with over 320 million active users every month who send 10 billion messages to one another every day. The new Messenger provides great ways to have more meaningful and efficient conversations while also bringing together your social networks and sharing updates, cutting through the clutter, and staying up to date with your favorite friends. And Messenger integrates into the things you’re already doing, so you can stay in touch not only from your PC, but also from across the Web and your mobile phone,” Microsoft noted.
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|Comment #1 by: Mia Barbie on 27 Sep 2010, 16:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Skype is better than Windows live messenger! Well,at least i think so I mean that's my opinion cuz i've tried the two of them and Skpe's awsome ! Love it
|Comment #1.1 by: whatever on 07 Nov 2010, 20:34 GMT|
"trying" messenger for two seconds and trying skype for 2 seconds doesn't really tell you which one is "better".
not to mention that pretty much the rest of the globe, except the US, has had messenger since they were 5. the US uses aim, so it's easier to switch to Skype. Skype is MUCH better than aim. however, messenger has quite a few more things (as can be seen above).
personally, I prefer messenger simply because i have had it for a while as well, so it's easier to communicate with people... i'd have to add all the people I have on messenger onto skype, which is a pointless chore, since messenger also can have live chat, or can call people for a low fee.
but i suppose, for people from the states who don't have messenger and have aim - skype probably is better in their eyes. i never was a big fan of aim
|Comment #2 by: Mr P. on 08 Dec 2010, 05:44 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I have used (and still do) Skype, MSN and google talk. It is my experience that google talk, has great video and voice quality. I prefer google talk, because it is easy to use, I can use it from my gmail and the voice quality is awsome.
|Comment #3 by: RecoJohnson on 29 Dec 2010, 23:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
WLM is useless because you can't just display webcam anymore.
|Comment #3.1 by: gaz.nicholson on 08 Jan 2011, 20:47 GMT|
I completely agree with that! Most annoying. WLM bring it back please!
|Comment #4 by: anorel on 20 Jan 2011, 13:21 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Is it really true about Gtalk?
It does the video, file sharing, audio chat, iPhone app is up like for Android... But in this test I can see that it is wrong (no video, etc...)...
|Comment #5 by: B0111 on 19 Apr 2011, 11:06 UTC|| reply to this comment|
this looks like a 1 sided review. Mainly focusing on Windows live messenger only. I think the others aren't just built for instant messaging.
|Comment #5.1 by: denes on 10 May 2011, 20:56 GMT|
It IS onesided. but it reflects the TRUTH. that's the way it is. And now that MS acquired Skype, we might a merger of the teo best apps into one. Or it may have acquired it just to kill it. Anyway, WLM is the winner all way.
|Comment #5.2 by: afehyryr on 09 Mar 2013, 00:35 GMT|
true, i have used gtalk several times. this chart is fake.
|Comment #6 by: Anonymus on 28 Aug 2011, 16:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
this review seems awfully biased. You expect us to believe that WLM has EVERYTHING that all other messengers offer?
I say: advert.
|Comment #8 by: imez on 03 Dec 2011, 13:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Was a sales chart -- not an objective chart
|Comment #9 by: Epic on 17 Mar 2012, 18:39 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Messenger has every fearture on this page XD
|Comment #10 by: aqua on 05 May 2012, 08:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Skype has a lot more things on the list then it says...
|Comment #11 by: greatidea on 23 May 2012, 06:39 UTC|| reply to this comment|
An advertisement in form of a comparison
|Comment #12 by: matt on 05 Aug 2012, 21:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The only valuable "feature" on this list, missing from Skype, is "Status by Category". I'd like that a lot. However,
- the real-time sharing of anything except voice is of no interest to me. I'm separated from most of my family and friends by about 12 time zones. I sleep, they are up, and vice versa.
- the meshing of everything including other social networks, is OK, I guess, if you are desperately hunting for new friends or a date for next Saturday night. I know who my friends are.
- there used to be available Skype APIs for anyone to use, until Microsoft acquired Skype. If that is no longer true, Microsoft shouldn't use it as a negative in an end user comparison.
- the scariest part of this list is any entry starting with "relevance based... ". In order to figure out what is relevant, MS needs to have access to and has to monitor the content of your chats etc. Goodbye privacy.
- The interesting part would be understanding what Microsoft is going to do to Skype? If this list is considered to contain important features, I fear for Skype. How long until the true end-to-end fully encrypted communication goes away?
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