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MSN Messenger is the acronym of Microsoft Network Messenger. It is an instant message software launched by the data processor giant Microsoft in July 1999. The adequate data-processing denomination is that of freeware (translated by French graticiel); a freeware is a software which has been placed at the users' disposal for free by its designers. Indeed, the MSN Messenger software, today renamed as Windows Live Messenger, can be downloaded easily on many platforms of software distribution(www.telecharger.com, www.clubic.com). The software was the subject of an extremely powerful optimization so that it requires only few computer resources and can thus be used on the majority of the computers, including the oldest of them.

MSN makes it possible to send instantaneous messages. MSN also proposes a service of video-telephony, a system of file-swapping, a service of online game etc. Finally, let us recall that MSN is not the only software of this type; it is comparable with its predecessor ICQ of the Mirabilis firm and with its current competitors such as Yahoo! Messenger and Skype. 3G telephony- the name 3G refers to the 3rd Generation of technologies of the mobile telephony launched in 2002. This innovation rests on the development of a new technology of telecommunications called UMTS (Universal Mobile System Telecommunications), whose flow is much higher than that of former generation called GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) with which it remains nevertheless compatible. The flow was multiplied by more than 40 because its launching and the theoretical outputs were not reached (margin of progression).

The innovations of the 3G are mainly related to the introduction of video services in mobile phones. First of all, video-telephony is made possible by the more important flows and the miniaturization of optics in telephones. Moreover, it is also possible to accede television services and video to the requests (during the summer 2006, certain operators proposed offers enabling users to follow the matches of the football world cup on mobile). Before 1999, instant messaging was largely dominated by only one software which was an enormous success, it acted of ICQ of the Isreali Mirabilis firm. The development of MSN thus concerns a will for conquest of the market.

The development of MSN Messenger by Microsoft is a will entirely different from those involved in 3G. Indeed, before 1999, IM was dominated by a single software that knew tremendous success, it was ICQ (pronounced in English "I Seek You" or "I seek you") of the firm Mirabilis . Development of SIDS is therefore a desire to conquer the market. The "tidal wave" of the entire Internet in the late 90s was seen as a development opportunity of the first order for Microsoft. The American company has made every effort to establish itself as a major player in this tidal wave. This began with the launch of its Internet Explorer browser and search engine MSN Search. The development of MSN Messenger follows the logic that is to be present on all fronts. The challenge was to create a new application and thus cause a renewal of mobile phones.

Tags: MSN Messenger, 3G telephony, Internet Explorer browser

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