Microsoft discontinues MSN Messenger, cheers to 15 years of fond memories

Cesar Ian S. Fuentes – Fourth Estate Cooperative Tech Contributor

Redmond, WA, United States (4E) – Today’s instant messaging services come in the form of WhatsApp, iMessage, Facebook Messenger together with the plethora of third party titles found in different app stores. These apps boast millions of user engagements on a day to day basis. Years ago, Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger were the gold standards in terms of internet messaging.

The latter was under Microsoft’s umbrella and was really a crowd favorite at that time. Now, in the light of mobile era wherein Microsoft rely on Skype as it main messaging service, the software company has decided to pull the plug off the MSN Messenger’s life support. The nifty old app has been serving the public for 15 years.

The last remnants of the service are running in China wherein the rebranded Windows Live Messenger will only cater to its last loyal customers until October 31st. The MSN Messenger was launched in the year 1999, gathered an ample amount of footing and declined in 2013 when Microsoft bought Skype for USD 8.5 billion. Avid user of the service in China received an email telling them to download and use Skype with free credits.

MSN Messenger was one of the pioneers of photo delivery, video calls, in-chat games and emoticons over the internet. Now, the “hardworking internet visionary” is about to kick the bucket. And before it bids us farewell, it’s just right to reminisce our doting memories with the messenger.

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