Outlook Messenger is a great alternative to Windows Live Messenger. Designed mainly for business communication, it offers the same basic functionalities as many other messaging programs. But it also carries messages over a secure internet connection, either over a VPN or local area network.
It allows you to create individual contacts and groups, but you can also use Outlook Messenger for group interaction. All messages are delivered to the recipients through their personal email address. All data communication is on a secure network behind a firewall, preventing external third party information from reaching your contacts. Group voice chats can be sent from Outlook Messenger to up to 200 users at the same time with no separate download required.
For quick access to your computer, Windows Live Messenger has a combined search and voice chat feature. Searching by name or email is very easy and allows you to jump straight to your files. Voice chat is extremely useful if you want to give instructions or just ask your colleagues for help. Outlook Messenger offers much more than simple text and voice interaction, and its combination of tools is sure to make your computer a much easier to use machine.