Problems with Windows Live Messenger and CenterIM

Since a year now we are using Windows Live Messenger in company as instant messaging solution. Not throughout the whole company but only in “Group IT”, as we are a global institution now and a need for easy communication becomes necessary.

First I boycotted this movement by not signing up for an account, as in my humble opinion MSN Messenger is one of the bigger sicknesses from Microsoft: the GUI looks like Teletubby-Land, there are a bunch of functions which only use is to annoy your dialogue partners; there is no, let me say it again, no secure encryption between the clients and servers (I heard something about XOR is used?! Are those MSN developers really that silly or do they just take their customers for a fool?); it is closed source and bound to a “Terms of Use” which forbids the usage of other clients than the Microsoft one – and Microsoft only provides clients for the Windows OS; the “Terms of Use” state, that contend posted over the MSN network may be logged; those are only some of the reasons which speak against MSN Messenger.

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