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Microsoft Messenger and Communicator 2011

Price when rated: Part of the Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 suite: $199 single license; $279 multi-pack (two installs on two machines)

Pros

  • Plugs corporate Mac users into the wide range of communications services provided via OCS/Lync and Exchange
  • Chat with non-Messenger IM services

Cons

  • Essentially useless outside of Microsoft environments running Active Directory, OCS/Lync, and Exchange
  • Very much a corporate client
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Price when rated: As part of the Home and Business 2011 suite: $199 single license; $279 multi-pack. As part of the Home and Student 2011 suite: $119 single license; $149 family pack.

Pros

  • Audio and video chats, and file transfers with other Messenger users
  • Animated emoticons
  • Able to use Bonjour for local chats
  • Provides presence data for Office applications
  • Stable during testing

Cons

  • No multiple account support
  • No multiple protocol support
  • No AppleScript support
  • A/V controls/settings don’t exist
  • File transfers can be annoying compared to iChat
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