MSN Messenger FREE
The old school IM service comes to iPhone
MSN Messenger FREE Review
by on January 12, 2011
A top-class port of a favourite instant messaging client. On launching the app you’ll be taken to the “social” screen – a smartphone port of the page you’re taken to when you log into a Hotmail account. Using tabs along the bottom you can navigate from here to “friends”, “chats” and “photos”. The photos and social sections feel like a sparsely populated, poor-man’s Facebook, but the friends and chat tabs are happily a different story.
Chatting over MSN will seem very familiar to avid texters. Tapping a contact’s name will bring up a screen for the chat log at the top and the touch keyboard at the bottom. There are a couple of aesthetic changes here and there; the screen is done up in MSN Messenger’s signature pale blue, and next to each message the user’s MSN profile picture shows up. The only other difference is a smiling face button which brings up a list of smileys. Tapping one adds its text equivalent into the message box, so you can see that, for instance, typing :O will show up as a cartoon picture of a shocked face – a nice touch.
The Chats tab holds all chats currently in progress, letting you switch between two or more conversations and also review previous chat logs. It’s a nifty solution to the problem of not having PC-style windows to minimize and maximise, and as with the friends window, it’s easy to navigate through as chats are sorted by contact name and profile picture. Well worth the download for IM’ing on the go.
Download this app: MSN Messenger for iPhone
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