Previously known as MSN, Windows Live Messenger is actually the advanced version that has been expanded in many directions to offer more to users so that they can do fun things with it besides just chatting. Although, Microsoft has integrated many interesting features in it, but it still has some major issues which is compelling users to look for another messenger where they can enjoy having conversation with their family members, friends and loved ones.

When it comes to finding alternative of Windows Live Messenger, you will find many messengers out there that claim to provide users with amazing features. However, very few of them are actually good enough to replace messengers like Windows Live.

Windows Live MSN Messenger

You don’t need to worry if you have not found the right messenger to replace Windows Live. Given below list is comprised of some of the reliable messengers that you can easily start using to replace your Windows Live Messenger. So, check out the given list and I hope you will find a suitable messenger in it.

  1. Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo! Messenger is one of the most amazing, feature-rich messengers out there that you can use to replace Windows Live. To start using it, you only need to have a Yahoo! id which can be of any Yahoo! product including YMail, RocketMail, etc. Other than the Yahoo! website, you can also download it from other downloading websites.

Yahoo Messenger

Moreover, it is lightweight therefore does not consume much space neither on your hard drive nor on RAM. Talking about its features, you can do text messaging, voice call, screen sharing and photo sharing. Also, you can directly send files to the person you are talking to.

  1. Skype

Skype is a renowned messenger that has been widely used for communicating over internet. With this messenger, you cannot only chat over text but you can also make voice and video calls. Similar to Windows Live, Skype allows you to set your preferred mode on your status including Available, Away, Do Not Disturb and Invisible. With Invisible mode, you will not be shown online to anyone but you will be able to see other people online in your contacts and can start communication with them.


Another great feature of Skype is that it allows user group calling and chatting. In case you are willing to contact a person in your Skype contacts but he/she is not available online, you can directly make call through this amazing messenger. However, the call will only be established if you have Skype calling credits. You can easily buy the calling credits online via Visa/Master Card and PayPal.

  1. Google Hangouts:

Hangouts by Google is an amazing messenger app that users can access through their Gmail and Google+ to chat with other users directly through Windows desktop. Moreover, users can download Hangout app on Android and iOS to communicate with their friends and family members through their smart gadget using internet.

Google Hangouts

There are many features that make it a strong contender in this list of MSN messenger alternatives such as it allows video conferencing of up to 10 members, no matter through which device they are joining the group. Another astounding feature of Google Hangouts is that it allows user to integrate apps such as Google Drive, to save files on the cloud that you have received from other users, and YouTube, to watch videos with your group. Also, there are different visual and sound effects to make chatting and calling a fun.

  1. Viber:

Viber is yet another great instant messenger that has been widely used for making calls and text conversation over internet. It was initially launched as an app for Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows phone users, but after the huge success, the developers have now made it available for Desktop users allowing them to make voice and video calls and send instant messages, stickers and photos to other Viber users. The best part about this amazing messenger is that it allows user to transfer ongoing calls between devices.

Viber Messenger

So, if you are having conversation with a friend through desktop but you need to run out of home for an important work, you can transfer the call on your mobile device without getting your call disconnected. However, there is one thing that you need to do to get access to its desktop version is to first install it on a mobile device because the desktop version will ask you to input your mobile number to validate the account and sync your mobile contacts on desktop.

  1. Facebook Messenger

Last but not the least on the list of reliable alternatives to MSN messenger is Facebook Messenger. Facebook Messenger is a dedicated app for Android, iOS, Windows and BlackBerry users offering the same features as of Facebook chat. With Facebook Messenger, you can send and receive files, photos and text messages as well as you can make voice and video calls. In short, it is a great instant messenger to keep in touch with your Facebook friends on the go.

Facebook Messenger

Also, there is an unofficial Facebook Messenger app for desktop user that they can download through a third-party downloading website and can enjoy similar features of the official Facebook Messenger app available for smart gadget. Since, it is unofficial, it is important to read Terms and Conditions of the developer to make sure that your communication and other data is safe.