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MSN Messenger by Miyoma Review
by on January 21, 2011
MSN Messenger doesn’t come free with the Windows Phone 7 platform – why, oh why, Microsoft? Surely this should have been part of the underlying OS… even the iPhone has it.
Anyway, enough moaning – there’s an option already to make it all better, and it’s not a bad offering at all.
It’s pretty simple, and offers the main range of functions you’d expect from an MSN messenger service.
Starting up you’re offered the chance to mess around with your status and profile, and it’s very easy to change both – simply tapping the icon and you’re offered the phone’s gallery to choose from.
This will instantly port to your entire MSN network, which is a nice touch if you’re inter-connected devil and use it often.
Your contacts are laid out in large, easy to read fonts – except the pictures aren’t there when you start up. Irritatingly you have to open each person’s contact card and then wait for the picture and name to load, and this only works if they’re online.
And even if they are, sometimes the profile picture won’t be compatible and you’ll be left with a blank icon. Names will sometimes default to the email address as well, which looks a little unprofessional when you’re zooming through the list.
We encountered a couple of technical difficulty-based shutdown using the service and despite being told we were connected, the messages often didn’t make it through.
It’s a good application, but there are a few too many bugs to make it perfect at the moment – and we suspect Microsoft will blow it out the water when (well, if) it ever comes out with an official application.
But for now, this is perfectly fine for your MSN Messenger fix.
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