Microsoft: 300 Million people now use Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft has shared some new Windows Live Messenger stats, confirming that more than 300 million people in 76 countries and 48 languages use Messenger every month.

The Windows Live Social Networking team also shared individual statistics for country specific Messenger users but did not include the United States. Microsoft's Jeff Kunins, Group Program Manager, Windows Live social networking admitted that the company's Instant Messenger had been "somewhat less positive" in popularity within the U.S. AOL's AIM software still dominates the U.S. market with approximately 50% market share.

Microsoft is nearing a beta release of their Wave 4 set of products that includes an updated Windows Live Messenger application. Neowin exclusively revealed screenshots of Windows Live Messenger 2010 in December 2009. According to our sources a beta build of Wave 4 is due end of March/early April.

The full Windows Live Messenger stats:

  • 65% of all Internet users in Brazil
  • 48% of all Internet users in Canada
  • 48% of all Internet users in Spain
  • 47% of all Internet users in France
  • 40% of all Internet users in Italy
  • 39% of all Internet users in UK
  • People use Messenger for 163 billion minutes every month, which is about 9.4% of all time consumers spend on the Internet worldwide.
  • More than 40% of our users sign in each day (more than 130 million daily users)
  • Every day, those users share over 1.5 billion conversations and send more than 9 billion messages.
  • And at peak times, that drives more than 40 million “simultaneous online connections,” (the number of people signed in at the same time).
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Almost everyone in Holland uses Windows Live Messenger (well, everyone still says "MSN"). The other people just don't chat.

"AOL's AIM software still dominates the U.S. market with approximately 50% market share."

he is kidding right... all the people i know dont use AIM anymore.

Its a great program.. although the UI could use some work.. it is great with a patch.. I have ties to microsoft and whats in store for windows live wave 4 will make everything connect better and easier... Just wait most you will you it again I am sure of it :).. I beta test all the time things that come up from MS and this is some of there best work :)

Still using WLM 8.5 here, hex'ed to fake the version to avoid upgrading to the new version which looks like it was designed by a 5 y/o

JJ_ said,
Still using WLM 8.5 here, hex'ed to fake the version to avoid upgrading to the new version which looks like it was designed by a 5 y/o

Same here. WLM 8.5 works perfect

lol I remember that I installed Messenger 1.0 just to check my Hotmail inbox... I didn't use it to chat at least until 4.0 :D

Weird that Mexico is not on the stats since almost everyone here uses WLM and that is several million users...

Argote said,
Weird that Mexico is not on the stats since almost everyone here uses WLM and that is several million users...

wlm is the im software of preference in all latinamerica

Is it me or the graph on that page shows that they reached around 340M users in mid 2009. Wouldn't a more appropriate title for this news be "Messenger lost 10% of its market share in the last 6 month"?

qdave said,
It was my good "friend' since 2001, but recently i've stopped using it.
Now its gtalk and skype :P

I stopped using it too since a couple of years, because of the limitation and audio quality, and also for all the crap emoticons that fill the incoming messages....

Eh I use Trillian (for Windows and OS X) for my instant messaging needs. I hated having 3 messengers for 3 accounts (Windows Live, Yahoo, AIM).

Maybe they'll step up with the next version and make it more usable. I mean, they made Windows 7 near perfect, Microsoft Security Essentials is great.. did I mention Windows 7 was near perfect?

I hope the new version is decent, been so bad for so long. I would love one which didn't need to be tweaked so much after installation.

OceanMotion said,
I hope the new version is decent, been so bad for so long. I would love one which didn't need to be tweaked so much after installation.

I agree!! :)

I stopped using it about a year ago..... After a while I realised I was keeping it only to notify me when I'd get a new email in my hotmail lol

Rudy said,
I stopped using it about a year ago..... After a while I realised I was keeping it only to notify me when I'd get a new email in my hotmail lol

That's the exact same reason why I use it. Although my primary address is now a gmail one and I'm using Pidgin as it doesn't come bundled with crap and nonsense. Don't know why I bother though because most of the mail I get it just junk.

Rudy said,
I stopped using it about a year ago..... After a while I realised I was keeping it only to notify me when I'd get a new email in my hotmail lol

lol same here

Dorza said,

That's the exact same reason why I use it. Although my primary address is now a gmail one and I'm using Pidgin as it doesn't come bundled with crap and nonsense. Don't know why I bother though because most of the mail I get it just junk.

Indeed, having been on live since 2005 I felt like I needed a change and switched to gmail as well.