The most recent version of Microsoft's free chat tool, Windows Live Messenger 2012, is now available to download. The chat client doesn't just communicate with your Microsoft contacts but also with other social networks. Facebook and LinkedIn are supported. All the information about contacts and mails are displayed via the start window 'social network'.
Note: We offer the set-up file of Windows Essentials 2012, which will install other programs onto your machine if you wish. Apart from Windows Live Messenger the following apps can be selected: Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Writer, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Fotogalerie and Microsoft SkyDrive.
Verdict: Chatting, chatting, chatting... Windows Live Messenger 2012 is still a must-have download for many users. If you have Windows Vista, you can't use Messenger in the most recent version any more, you'd need the 2011 version.