Messenger:mac 7.01 released - still no "personal" webcam support

Messenger:mac 7.01 released - still no "personal" webcam support

Summary: I know, you're probably disappointed that once again, there's no real webcam function in the new Messenger:mac, but I'm sure given time they'll work it in. If you have Office Communications Server 2007, you can use your in-built camera to have meetings with co-workers, but most students I'm sure would rather have a "face-to-face" conversation with someone they miss from back home.

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messengermac.pngI know, you're probably disappointed that once again, there's no real webcam function in the new Messenger:mac, but I'm sure given time they'll work it in. If you have Office Communications Server 2007, you can use your in-built camera to have meetings with co-workers, but most students I'm sure would rather have a "face-to-face" conversation with someone they miss from back home.

Over 24 million unique people use the Messenger service, and I think if memory serves me, it's still the most popular instant messenger in the UK. Nevertheless, it's still very much used by a hell of a lot of people. From my own statistics, I roughly estimate their could be around 1.8 million Messenger:mac users, so I'm sure those will be happy a new version is out.

I've said before, instant messaging is a great thing for students, holding virtual meetings, keeping in touch with your social life, and generally keeping the connections you have going. It seems every version of Messenger:mac is designed for a different sort of person - one minute it works with Microsoft's other business products, Live Communications Server 2005 for example, and now it doesn't. This new version, however, does have improved voice support, and improves the user interface for some European languages.

Head over to the Microsoft Download Center and grab the 7.01 release of Messenger:mac in English, and of course, other languages are available. I thought it'd be nice to share some Mac news with you for once; I've been here nearly a month and barely mentioned them.

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  • This is infuriating

    I had to stop using Messenger for Mac because it's a total joke. No cam and audio support? No nudges??????? Sad, really. I have to use Yahoo! Messenger and Skype, but the latter does not have nudges either and most of my friends are in MS Messenger. I know I can contact them using Y! Messenger but I don't want to maintain two accounts.

    On the other hand, why doesn't iChat support MS Messenger protocol without any bridge (Jabber) in the same way it supports AIM?
    markbn
    • Adium

      http://www.adiumx.com/

      It doesn't have video/voice support as far as I know, but it's at least a way to keep in touch with your MSN contacts.
      php_developer
      • Thank you but

        the last time I tried it (1 year ago I think) it did not have nudges or video support. Maybe it has now, I will take a look.
        markbn
        • I use Adium and...

          ...it's fine as far as it goes, but if there's video or voice chat
          tech in it, I haven't been able to find it in a month of daily
          use.

          What's really annoying is coming from a mixed Linux/XP
          environment, both of which can do voice/video on
          anything you please; having this nice little iSight cam that
          really only works in Skype (and no, iChat doesn't count if it
          doesn't support at least one of MSN or Yahoo Messengers
          - with 'support' meaning 'as well as the native apps on
          Windows')
          Jeff Dickey
  • RE: Messenger:mac 7.01 released - still no

    I have switched to aMSN its got webcam support built in and most features that you would find on the windows version of live messenger.

    http://www.amsn-project.net/
    crouchy