Microsoft Adds Tabs, Social Stream in Messenger 2010

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Quakindude

 You're damned right!! Microsoft put the definition behind "alienating" when they pulled that shit. I still refuse to use Messenger to this day.

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1337Goose

Every time WLM gets an update something breaks on the unofficial clients. In other words, Linux users get screwed.

WLM won't run on Linux, even with Wine... and I don't think Microsoft is about to release a Linux version of their messenger. That's Maximum BS. 

~Goose

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gendoikari1

Besides, Pidgin works nicely, and looks good on Linux (not so much on Windows).

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1337Goose

Pidgin has pretty good desktop integration on Linux, but you miss out on some major features. Groups, and lack of handwriting support are two major ones. 

Also, as of the new MSN protocol spec. my display name isn't saved upon exit, which means I need to reset it every time I start pidgin. I tried downloading the source for the newest version and compiling, but to no avail. 

It sort of puts me in an awkward situation. I'm not about to change operating systems for WLM, but there's not much else I can do to make the third party alternatives play nice with the MSN spec.  

~Goose

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gendoikari1

Messenger Plus Live works fine for this, even though it doesn't have social streaming (which I don't need). And, of course, it's already out.

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