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How close are we to a RISC OS MSN Messenger client?

Published: 31st Oct 2001, 17:06:32 | Permalink | Printable

This close. drobe.co.uk gets a peek at something we've all been waiting for. (Updated 1/11/01)

RISC OS MSN Messenger Beta


What you are looking at is a screenshot from a working beta version of a MSN Messenger client for RISC OS. MSN Messenger is a popular chat client similar to ICQ that's used by many Windows users.

RISC OS users have for some time now been calling for a RISC OS version so they can talk to their Windows chums from their RISC OS machines.

drobe.co.uk learnt of the client's development after stumbling across some online beta testing work with the client's developer (who at this point wishes to remain anonymous) and beta tester Stephen Gadd. While development and testing continues, drobe.co.uk will keep you updated when the client is ready for release.

Updated
In an email from the client's developer, drobe.co.uk can release another screenshot for you to google at.

Chris, spods-far-too-much department

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Oh yes... Then maybe I'll be able to convince my friends that I haven't simply been ignoring them online... (they're mostly Windows people with MS Messenger)

 is a RISC OS User on 31/10/01 6:24PM
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Hmm, seems I won't have to switch my monitor to the Linux box to access ICQ/MSN/AIM/Jabber/IRC.... with EveryBuddy

 is a RISC OS User on 31/10/01 6:38PM
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One more reason not to turn on my PC! Good stuff!

 is a RISC OS User on 31/10/01 7:13PM
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the RiscOS platform is moving again, Despite all the knockers,and I lookforward to seeing a continuing stream of upgrades and new software.

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 6:47AM
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Cool. I have been wanting this for ages.

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 9:07AM
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And isn't that blurred e-mail address in the image difficult to read? ;)

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 10:43AM
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This little application is going to be as important as Vantage! Sorts the instant messenging problem and means we can join in with all our Windoze using friends. Excellent stuff.

Michael Stubbs

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 10:50AM
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Nice one!

I want!

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 11:26AM
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Let's hope it works better than !AcornICQ

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 1:15PM
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It's not /that/ bad!

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 3:03PM
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Pitty about the spelling mistakes :)

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 3:07PM
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I've just fixed the speeling mistakes.

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 3:27PM
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Speeling? When I was 8, I wrote "Speling Book" on the front of mine! And didn't even _know_ it was wrong!!

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 6:04PM
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Pity about "Pitty"

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 6:21PM
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Please, this ain't usenet. Anyway as editor only I may make the spelling mistaeks on this site ;)

-- Chris Williams, News Editor, chris@drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 1/11/01 6:31PM
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Excellent. Can you tell us how close it is to being released?

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 7:02PM
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When it's ready ;-) I'll realease it when I'm happy with it, which could be anytime. Don't want to put a date to it because it'll only slip.

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 8:27PM
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sounds great. :-) Is it designed in a way that allows other IM clients to be added on?

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 8:51PM
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You haven't fixed the smelling pisstakes in the screenshot: Messeges???

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 10:00PM
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Oh, you have on the alternative screenshot. I feel a fool.

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 10:01PM
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How about a public beta?

That way, you get some feedback on what needs to be sorted...

 is a RISC OS User on 1/11/01 10:31PM
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Now, what about AOL's Instant Messenger?

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 12:04AM
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Yeah, a publc beta would be great. :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 10:39AM
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Sweet Pie!

Will it support features such as "group chat"?

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 10:49AM
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yes. group chats are basicly just handled by the switchboard server, there's very little difference as far as the client's concerned.

A public beta is unlikely before it has been tested privately.

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 11:21AM
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You have 314 new messages, I would read them.

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 1:41PM
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Whilst I have doubts about MSN, as it is part of the Gates Evil Empire, instant messaging is rapidly becoming a normal part of internet usage. RISC OS users need to be able to have available all the applications that are available on the PC, so that they can shw off just how good their system really is.

 is a RISC OS Uservorcampbel on 2/11/01 4:25PM
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How about a public beta with an agreement that it is used at own risk?

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 7:32PM
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Having more than one of these kind of things, although useful is a bit of a pain !.. pity someone could not coordinate a single application for riscos that allowed all the instant messaging platforms (MSN, ICQ) to be handled under one common interface... that would knock the socks off anything in the windoze world !

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 10:01PM
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Much as I hate to admit it, MSN Messenger is actually rather good - it's simple, straightforward and works. It could almost be a RISC OS application already... :p

Stephen Courtney

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 11:17PM
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That would be good - have the IM client separate from the front end. Similar to how you can use Amplayer with different frontend and the front ends with other sound players.

 is a RISC OS User on 2/11/01 11:19PM
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The client and front end are fully intergrated and new protocols can't be easily added.

 is a RISC OS User on 3/11/01 8:44AM
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I can understand you not wanting to set a release date as it will only slip. But it would be good to know if we are talking days, weeks or months. :)

Cheers

 is a RISC OS User on 4/11/01 3:18PM
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We're talking weeks. Private testing has now started.

 is a RISC OS User on 4/11/01 3:40PM
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Cool

 is a RISC OS User on 4/11/01 4:50PM
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Brill! any indication of how many weeks :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 5/11/01 8:57AM
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No ;-p

 is a RISC OS User on 5/11/01 9:43AM
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ohh! why?

can I be a beta tester?

 is a RISC OS User on 5/11/01 11:34AM
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The suggestion from Guest 2/11/01 at 10.01pm that a combined MSN ICQ be seriously considered is a great one. Hope our programmer is reading the comments and is able to act accordingly. No body would mind a slight delay. And I agree, it would knock the knockers and the PC world. at

 is a RISC OS User on 5/11/01 10:01PM
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I want MSN NOW. I have waited ages for this. I aggree that a combined beast would be good, but it would be silly not to release the working MSN client first. IMHO.

 is a RISC OS User on 6/11/01 9:55AM
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If the MSN client can be upgraded to run ICQ at the same time, then why not release the vanilla version first, and an upgrade when it is ready. It would really cock a snoop at the PC world.

 is a RISC OS Uservorcampbel on 6/11/01 10:00AM
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Will it be possible to have this MSN program running with different users at the same time? I ask besause since I don't have a PC I rarely use MSN, but all my friends do. It would be good if I could get them to log in seperatly and allow me to copy all their contacts into my account. (since we have the same friends) If you see what I mean... :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 6/11/01 12:48PM
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Whats the latest on it?

 is a RISC OS User on 6/11/01 2:26PM
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This looks cool ..will it have the pop up alerts at the bottom right on the screen like msn messenger has? oh yeah and a combined client would rock:-)

 is a RISC OS User on 6/11/01 3:40PM
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There's no chance of it supporting anything other than MSN any time soon.

 is a RISC OS User on 6/11/01 3:47PM
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What is still to be done? Is it unstable or are you adding more features to it?

 is a RISC OS User on 6/11/01 6:27PM
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After four days of testing it appears to be stable - no crashes have been reported today. There are still bugs in, amongst other things, user list handling. There are also some additional features that I'd like to implement before letting the world at it.

 is a RISC OS User on 6/11/01 9:07PM
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Thanks for the info. :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 6/11/01 9:14PM
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such as?

 is a RISC OS User on 7/11/01 10:37AM
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Will it be possible to save the history of whole conversations?

 is a RISC OS User on 7/11/01 1:12PM
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Will it support cheese production?

 is a RISC OS User on 7/11/01 3:08PM
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Only Cheshire cheese should be supported :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 7/11/01 6:28PM
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I'll consider cheese at a later date. It would have to be processed though, it's less buggy that way.

 is a RISC OS User on 7/11/01 10:02PM
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I would prefer my cheese without bugs in it :-) they tend to be crunchy :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 7/11/01 11:11PM
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Wouldnm't it now be advisable to leave the developers get on with their work. Having them answering every little query is fun but it is probably slowing down development of this very useful piece of software.

 is a RISC OS Uservorcampbel on 8/11/01 2:02PM
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Yeah, but we want it - and we want it now :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 8/11/01 6:19PM
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Yeah, but we want it - and we want it now :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 8/11/01 6:19PM
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Sorry. I guess we're all just a bit excited about this program.

It will be so cool when I can go on the net, message all my friends and chat to RISC OS people as well - perhaps to arrange an internet game of TEK!

 is a RISC OS User on 9/11/01 12:05PM
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yeah!

surely it must be ready for at least a itty bitty release for us all to gawp at and have fun with :-)

PLEASE RELEASE THE DAMN THING!

 is a RISC OS User on 9/11/01 6:44PM
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Maybe it's an early/late April Fool :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 10/11/01 2:51PM
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I certainly hope not!

 is a RISC OS User on 10/11/01 5:01PM
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I hope not too!

Please Mr Author, Please release it or more info on the release of it and put us out of the suspence of waiting!

Ta.

 is a RISC OS User on 10/11/01 8:04PM
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I assume Acorn Netmeeting will be coming out straight after, tee hee.

 is a RISC OS User on 13/11/01 8:21PM
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Is it ready yet?

 is a RISC OS User on 14/11/01 8:58AM
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Ahh! logins work now :-)

-- Andrew Poole,

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 14/11/01 8:59AM
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Hmm, it's been 11 days since we were talking weeks, give him/her a chance!

 is a RISC OS User on 15/11/01 8:47AM
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true, but it's more than a week isn't it?

 is a RISC OS User on 15/11/01 11:21AM
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Beta version. Out now. Enjoy. Many thanks to the author for this :)

Chris @ drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS User on 18/11/01 12:32AM
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And very good it is too!

 is a RISC OS User on 27/11/01 11:42AM
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What are the hardware requirements?

 is a RISC OS User on 27/11/01 7:20PM
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Computer, monitor, hd, modem, kbd, mouse etc... :)

It runs on my A5k, so i'm guessing they're low. -- Al Cleminson

 is a RISC OS Usercleminan on 2/12/01 2:37PM
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It would run from floppy i assume.. so no hd :-)

 is a RISC OS User on 3/12/01 9:19AM
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