Tell that to the probably millions of Trillian users.
Windows Live Messenger 2009 is not up to date, it is discontinued. Microsoft offers it as a way for Windows XP users to still be able to connect to the network, but it is not up-to-date at all and will probably not receive any security updates. And of course you don't read posts about people liking 2011, people online only talk about things they don't like. I like WLE 2011 a lot, it's much better than 2009 in functionality, speed and stability.
And just so you know, that version of WLE 2009 you're using right now was released in july 2010 and hasn't received any updates at all ever since. It is unsafe and old software that should not be used unless there is no other way.
No you can't use Trillian. I cannot figure out how to use it and my friends could not either. And Digsby does not work. There is not many choice of chat messengers. As most of them are not user friendly,don't work or you cannot use them.
And just to clarify here are pictures of the latest version of Windows Live Messenger on Windows XP,which is the same one I use on Windows Vista,Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The latest build is WLE and WL Messenger 2009 14.0 8117.416. That is the build that is the latest one.There are other builds of WLE 2009 many of them,but they are older versions and not the latest version.
And no Windows has not given me any updates for WLE 2009 or any updates for Windows Movie Maker 2.1.The same as it does not on Windows Vista for Windows Movie Maker 6 and on Windows 7 it does not give any updates for WLE 2011 either.
Because the people I know who have got WLE 2011 tell me they don't get any updates for it in Windows Update.
Brando 212 wrote-
it's only basic security updates for the OS though, it doesn't include most the default apps such as outlook express (IE is actually the only app that will still get security updates till that date, the rest are for the base OS)
(I mention outlook express because Andrea apparently insists on using that too. )
Yes on Windows XP I do use Outlook Express. And on Windows Vista,Windows 7 and Windows 8
I use Windows Mail. So now I am no longer using WL Mail 2009 version because I am using Outlook Express and Windows Mail. Which are lighter than Windows Live Mail.
Although of course Windows Live Mail 2009 is better than the 2011 version. At least WL Mail 2009 does not have the Ribbon. Andrea Borman.