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Microsoft putting final nail in MSN Messenger’s coffin

- September 2nd, 2014

You probably hadn’t used it in years but Microsoft has announced it is completely killing off Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger until 2005) by Oct. 31, the BBC reports.

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Started in 1999, Microsoft’s web chat client was one of the only games in town and pretty much everyone used it. That is, unless you were on AOL’s lame AIM or one of the cool kids on ICQ. But like many of Microsoft’s online service (see Hotmail) it had fallen out of fashion as other services and social networking grew prominence.

And in most of the world, the service has been dead since 2012 when Microsoft acquired Skype and switch its users over to that service. But China, which got Windows Live Messenger in 2005, still has access to it. But those users will also be transferred over to Skype by Oct. 31.

Wonder if anyone will dress up as the Ghost of MSN Messenger for Halloween…

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