It’s no small thing to say that the reaction to Windows Live Messenger 2009 and related clients that use the older Messenger protocol has been pretty intense. Regardless if you’re using Windows XP, you have a favourite feature that’s missing in the 2012 version, or you simply do not want to use Skype, it seems everyone is looking for another option to choose from.
Butterfly Messenger is an improved working version of the client used to demonstrate MSNPSharp. It supports the same protocol version as Windows Live Messenger 2012 (MSNP21), and has the a basic Messenger feature set.
The current release is an alpha version of Butterfly Messenger intended to be used to collect feedback on bugs, features and other changes. However, it is relatively stable and usable.
Butterfly Messenger currently requires Windows XP or above with at least the .NET Framework 2.0 or above installed.
Although MSNPSharp was deliberately written to support Mono (on other platforms), the client presently does not run on Mono (but probably works on WINE), hopefully this will be addressed later for Linux and/or OS X compatibility.
Download and installation
You can now download the third alpha release of Butterfly Messenger. Due to the early nature of the project, it does not presently have an installer and you will need to extract the files to a folder of your choice and run it from there. Butterfly Messenger makes use of the Segoe UI font (like Messenger). If you do not have the Segoe UI font installed right now, you can install it from the Messenger 2009 files.
Feedback and bugs
Please feel free to leave quick comments here on this post, but if you wish to go in depth, you can make use of the Butterfly Messenger category on the forum.
- Depending on the situation, brand new conversation windows may blink even if they’re in focus. If you start typing a reply, they should stop blinking.
- Flickering in the contact list.
- Custom emoticons will appear, but the current conversation window does not support animated GIFs. Animated GIF display pictures work though.
- You cannot rename contacts.
Butterfly Messenger is open source software and based on the MSNPSharp project code. A repository will be set up shortly once more details about the project have been finalized.
|Oct 10 2015||0.1.2.0||
|Sep 23 2015||0.1.1.0||
|Mar 25 2015||0.1.0.0||