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Some of my friends use MSN Messenger or Windows Live Messenger. Now I am aware of a variety of clients for OSX but I haven't been able to find one with the following abilities:

  • accept / receive file transfers
  • receive and send messages from contacts who are invisible (appear offline)

For example:

On Adium, when an invisible contact messages me, the message is sent successfully but never arrives on my end.

edit: I also tried aMSN unsuccessfully. Also I'm not sure if sending messages to contacts that appear offline is classified as offline messsages?

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If they are classified as offline messages I believe only the native MSN client will work since the offline messages are most likely stored on MSNs closed servers. – Stefan Thyberg Jul 24 '09 at 12:33
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Edit: Have you tried the official Microsoft Messenger:mac 7?
Its description sais it supports file transfers. Don't know about the offline messages though.

Otherwise I don't think what you want exists. aMSN will come closest to what you describe. The problem I think is that Microsoft created their own 'protocol' regarding file transfer and offline messages. I even think the Microsoft servers (which are closed) are used as a middle-man for those things.

I think you will have to resort to other "more open" ways of dealing with those problems.

Possible alternatives:

  • file transfers: e-mail, dropbox
  • offline messages: e-mail
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It seems that since the last update to messenger mac the missing functionality has been added, thanks microsoft to helping me move away from windows. – svandragt Jul 28 '09 at 12:36

I suggest trying out Digsby, the functions you mention work fine for me on Windows but I am unable to try it on a Mac since I don't have one.

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Digsby is currently not available for mac. It says 'coming soon' on their website. – EvilChookie Jul 25 '09 at 20:11
Sorry, just looked at their homepage and couldn't imagine that they'd put up download icons for Mac OS X when it wasn't even available for it. – Stefan Thyberg Jul 26 '09 at 12:36

Have you tried trilian Astra? They recently reseased a build for OSX. It does everything you want and more.

A quick blurb on the program...

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