Originally posted by boomy2008
Well Windows Live Messenger 2011 is a mandatory update for Windows 7. It automatically updates to Windows Live Messenger 2011 after installing Service Pack 1. You can't blame users for doing that...
It's not mandatory. It is 'preferred' though, but you're not forced to update to version 2011.
Of course, if you have set up Windows to automatically download and install all updates without asking you (like it is by default), then yes, it will be updated to version 2011, but that is not 'mandatory' though.
We also don't blame users if they do. All we say is that you don't need to do it if you don't want to and that nothing is forced upon you; you still do have a choice. And even then, you still can uninstall it and download and install version 2009 from the official MS website if you want.