Where can I download Windows Messenger for Windows 98?
Windows Messenger is really only available for Windows XP
or later, though there are versions that will run on Windows 2000. In looking
into it, the Windows Messenger site itself even points elsewhere for a Windows
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As I’ve discussed before, Microsoft puts
out more than one instant messaging client. Windows
Messenger comes with Windows XP and is available for download as well.
There are versions that can be downloaded that work with a couple of additional
IM protocols (mostly Microsoft’s own Exchange Instant Messaging), and those
happen to run on Windows 2000 as well.
But when it comes to Windows 98, Windows Messenger politely steps out of the
This page about Instant Messaging (IM) Clients for
Exchange 2000 Instant Messaging Service includes a table that details much
more, including which version of which client you want for what type of
application. And on what operating system.
The bottom line?
If you want to chat with folks on MSN, use MSN Instant
Messenger It claims to support Windows 98.
If that doesn’t work for you, perhaps a third-party IM client will. Trillian is one client that should work with MSN instant
messenger, and also claims to support Windows 98. My only hesitation with 3rd
party applications is that they are not officially supported by the .NET
messaging service, and if the service changes, they can stop working without
notice until they’re updated to match the changes.