Final, Free, Standalone Messenger for Mac 8 Available for Download
Article by George Norman
On 28 Oct 2010
The development team behind Messenger for Mac 8 has recently announced that the application, which is included in Office for Mac 2011, has reached an important milestone in its development process. Messenger for Mac 8 has graduated out of Beta and is now available as a final, free, standalone download (just click here to download the application).

“Messenger for Mac 8 provides real-time collaboration between Mac users and their Messenger friends, whether those friends are using Messenger on a PC, phone, through Hotmail, or on another Mac. You can use instant messaging, audio, and video calls to communicate with your Messenger contacts by signing in with your Windows Live ID,” explained Group Program Manager with Windows Live, Piero Sierra.

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Messenger for Mac 8 has all the features you would expect to get from a messenger application: you can send instant messages to your buddies, you can audio chat with your buddies, you can video chat with your buddies, and you can share files and photos with your buddies.

Redmond-based software giant Microsoft emphasized the fact that Messenger for Mac 8 is meant for people who use Office applications on the Mac; Microsoft emphasized the fact that Messenger for Mac 8 is meant to allow real-time collaboration between Mac users and their Messenger contacts and thus increase productivity.

For that reason, features like games or the new social views available in the Windows version of Windows Live Messenger 2011, are not available in Messenger for Mac 8.

If you would like to get Messenger for Mac 8, you can download the standalone app here.
If you would like to learn more about Messenger for Mac 8, please click
here.

Please note that Messenger for Mac 8 is included in all Office for Mac 2011 versions. Microsoft has three Office 2011 versions to offer:
  • Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 – available as a single install or a Family Pack with 3 installs; this version includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, and Messenger for Mac.
  • Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 – available as a single install or a Multi-Pack with 2 installs; this version includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac and Messenger for Mac.
  • Office for Mac Academic 2011 – available as a single install at authorized academic stores and online; this version includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac, and Messenger for Mac.




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