MSN Messenger 7 review: MSN Messenger 7

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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The Good Full-screen video chat; shared Web searches; easy to navigate.

The Bad Changes important Internet browser settings to MSN if you're not careful; hogs valuable desktop space.

The Bottom Line A fun and feature-packed IM applet, MSN Messenger 7 is a great upgrade for version 6.2 users, but we prefer the less intrusive Yahoo Messenger 6 and ICQ 4.1.

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MSN Messenger 7 is a solid instant messenger that's chock-full of features, including new, full-screen video chat that works well via a broadband Internet connection. Longtime users should upgrade, but newcomers to messaging should opt for Yahoo Messenger 6 or ICQ 4.1; both commandeer less desktop space and offer fewer pitches for extra paid services.

Messenger took just five minutes to download and install in CNET's tests. With its default setup settings, MSN changed the Internet Explorer home page to MSN Home, made MSN Search the default search engine, and added the MSN Toolbar to IE. Unless you're paying attention and you uncheck the appropriate boxes to prevent these changes, Messenger will ride roughshod over your browser settings--a potential headache for inexperienced users.

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MSN Messenger 7

Part Number: CNETMSNMESSENGER7.0 Released: Apr 7, 2005

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  • Release date Apr 7, 2005