So, I decided to try the new MSN Messenger. It's up to version 7.0 now. As you're guessing by the topic, the new MSN's 7.3MB download is even more bloated than previous versions.
With your new Messenger, you have the option of installing yet more crap, like an MSN toolbar in your browser, or a MSN-branded popup blocker. Oh yeah, and it occupies even more screen real-estate.
Compare MSN Messenger 7.0 to version 4.7:
Yep, you got it, 7.0 takes up over 80% more real estate than 4.7...
I find myself thinking to myself, how many of these 'extra features' do I actually give a shit about?
Why do I want a web search bar in my messenger?
If only Trillian worked through my work's narky firewall....