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Messenger Users Forced To Upgrade To 8.1

After discovering a particular security vulnerability, Microsoft has decided to force all users of MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger on Windows Vista and XP to upgrade to the latest version, Windows Live Messenger 8.1. Many users are holdouts, sticking with older version like 6.2, 7.0, 7.5 and 8.0, but on trying to sign in they will be forced to upgrade or not use the software. Get ready for a lot of angry users.

September 17th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Messenger, Windows | 2 comments



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  1. No, no, no!

    I’m quite sure you can actually up- or downgrade to MSN Messenger 7.0. Microsoft released a fix for that version as well. It didn’t stop one of my friends from switching to aMSN, though, since his downgrade automatically UPgraded him twice, resulting in him suddenly having Messenger 8, which he DID NOT want.

    Check out http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cf49c56c-8b3e-4eae-9904-9505f47bed45

    Comment by Tim | September 17, 2007

  2. Why wouldn’t someone want to install WLM 8.1?

    It’s technically better, so why the hold-out?

    Comment by Michael | September 17, 2007

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