MSN also known as Microsoft Netwok is a microsoft web portal from 1995.
The official site is https://msn.com
The website will redirect you depending on your country to a specific page.
There is almost one web for each country. You can find the worlwide map here
- Africa: Argelia and South Africa
- Asia: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, philippines, singapore, Vietnam
- Australia: Australia, new zealand
- Suomi ,
- Česká republika
- United Kingdom
- United States
Make MSN my homepage
If you are using google chrome you only have to donwload the extension here
History and Origin
The first version of the service
Windows Messenger opened its doors on July 22, 1999 and offered users a very simple service that allowed us to add to our Hotmail contacts and exchange text messages with them, that is, chat in real time.
1.0 - evolution of messenger
Although the service was interesting and was proposed as a much closer and personal alternative to the IRC, at the beginning it had a very irregular reception and it would not be until October when the service would really break out and become saturated.
This first success of Messenger made Microsoft launch a second version of the client in November 1999 and include a couple of details that would accompany us for a long time: the banner that came out in the lower area of the interface and the first Window customization options (although they were small tweaks without too many options).
The year 2000 gave this software the possibility of exchanging files, a quite significant fact that allowed users to exchange information while conversing. Long before the file exchange through Dropbox or the extinct Megaupload, it was not uncommon to use the Messenger channel as a channel to exchange information and, in my case, this functionality helped me a lot when doing group work with My classmates during my student days.
In addition, this version 3.0 included support for VoIP, specifically with Net2Phone.
Windows Messenger 4.0 was the version that was installed by default in Windows XP (whose support, by the way, ends in April 2014) and, for many users, is one of the first versions they used. This version allowed us to create groups in our contacts and, therefore, to segment them at our discretion, also included the possibility of establishing voice connections with them and a greater degree of interface customization.
After a transition version that passed without penalty or glory although it included some improvements (such as 3D emoticons or the possibility of using a photo as an avatar), Microsoft launched in 2003 the version 6.0 of its messaging client .This version was a turning point in the platform and offered a high degree of customization to the user (backgrounds, emoticons, avatars, etc.), an aspect that would be extended with the possibility of hiding the window frame and menu bars (giving rise to a compact interface quite nice in use) and also the first games of the platform were seen.
Version 7 was also an interesting evolution in the service, it was the version in which we could send the "winks", that is, those quite outrageous audio animations in which a smiley bowed to us or we saw a Pig mark a dance on our screen.
This version worked on both Windows 98 and Windows Vista and offered a similar experience on all platforms since chat, video calling or voice calls were available as well as the exchange of winks, the famous buzzing (which occasionally they quickened), customize the fonts and send the emoticons.