Messenger is he Name with which the computer program was popularly known Windows Live Messenger. East software, created by Microsoft, allowed the instant communication between two or more users. For example: “Connect to Messenger so I’ll tell you how the interview went”, “Yesterday I was talking to Luciana on Messenger”, “If you don’t study, I’m going to ban you from using Messenger”.
The Windows Live Messenger was born as MSN Messenger. From 2005, this instant messaging client joined the set of online services called Windows Live and it is estimated that it reached more than 330 million users who use Messenger every month at its best. In 2012, Microsoft began to gradually withdraw it from its platforms, to gradually replace it with its recently acquired Skype, which had already achieved great popularity until that moment, especially for its calls low cost international telephone numbers.
The Messenger could be used in a computer (computer) or from certain mobile devices. Although it was created as a chat client (to exchange written messages in real time), the program grew to become a very complete software that facilitated all kinds of communication and file exchange.
With Messenger It became possible to chat, talk or videoconference between two computers. It was also possible, in some countries, to make calls from the computer to a telephone (Windows Phones had their own mobile version of the program).
Another option offered Messenger it was the possibility of sending messages to those users who were disconnected, who received the message once they started their session in the program. This functioned as an “answering machine” and, although it is a common feature in any product today, it was very revolutionary at the time (although the authorship of this feature did not necessarily belong to Microsoft).
Messenger, on the other hand, had games that allowed to challenge a contact. By accessing a specific menu, a user could invite another to play, the game being specified through Internet.
The shared folders that facilitate file sharing is another tool that came to include Messenger; Once again, there is currently no mail or messaging service provider that does not allow its users to share files, but this function it was very striking in its historical context.
The decision to combine Windows Live Messenger and Skype, keeping the name of the latter, was criticized by many, but also flattered by others, since Skype had achieved great popularity thanks to having taken advantage of the smartphone fever intelligently. While Microsoft reserved the benefits of its messaging client for users of its own phones (Window Phones), Skype was offered free of charge in a myriad of devices and it allowed voice calls and video calls at no additional cost.
It is important to clarify that Skype service does not replace that provided by a phone company, but complements it; One of its basic differences is that it does not allow emergency calls and that it requires an Internet connection to work. Nowadays it is possible to use this “successor” of the old Messenger with an account of Outlook, Facebook or, of course, of the own Skype before the fusion.
As with brands such as “Gillette”, “BiC” and “voligoma”, Messenger became the common name for all instant messaging programs that preceded and succeeded it, at least for a large number of people, especially those who actively lived the success of this popular application. Although a fan of the mythical mIRC would never have confused their names, but in the best of cases would have put them in the same sentence to report one of the blatant copies by the house of Windows, many users began to call «messenger »To any software of the same genre.