There are numerous instant messengers available to Windows users, so everyone can choose the one they like best, then modify it to fit their specific needs and preferences – this customization can be performed either by adjusting the tool's settings or by installing a third-party app. An instant messenger that falls in the latter category is Windows Live Messenger which can be tweaked and personalized using Messenger Plus!, a tool that seamlessly integrates within it.
Messenger Plus! adds a new menu within the main window of Windows Live Messenger and users can easily select the function they want to deploy.
One such feature is the Event Viewer that enables people to view a detailed log showing the exact time a certain account logged in, as well as the status messages they used. Additionally, one can also use the Chat Log Viewer when they want to read the chat archives stored on the host computer.
A handy function provided by Messenger Plus! is that it can create desktop shortcuts for specific contacts selected by the users, so they can quickly start a conversation, appear offline exclusively to that person or access the log. Not only can users set this contact box to be always on top, but they can also modify its colors to match the OS theme or the desktop wallpaper.
Another valuable feature is the skin creator which comes with an intuitive wizard that guides users step-by-step into designing a personalized look for their IM client. They can replace the standard background images with their own custom ones, change the font color for the contact names or groups, along with the appearance of the status message.
The Preferences window offers even more functions that can be configured to make Windows Live Messenger more suitable to one's necessities. For example, Messenger Plus! can act as an email verifier and notifier for POP3 accounts, an encryption utility for the chat logs (to prevent unauthorized access) or as an automatic auto-responder when the status message is set to Away. It also offers support for multiple simultaneous accounts.
To sum up, Messenger Plus! can modify both the looks and the functionality of Windows Live Messenger without affecting its performance or the chat experience.
What's New in This Release:
· Introducing Winks (animations)
· A fix of a minor bug: Quick text configuration, wrong settings page (lands on plugins instead of Quick texts)
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to download or install software or components (Messenger Plus! toolbar) that the program does not require to fully function