Microsoft shutting down MSN Messenger

Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger application will be discontinued on October 31, after 15 years.

The service only remains in use in China, where the final switch-off will take place.

The service was discontinued in most other markets in 2013, after Microsoft purchased Skype, aiming to switch users over to that platform.

The service, which was launched in 1999, was originally designed to compete with Aol’s AIM chat program.

It had as many as 300 million users as recently as 2010, according to a Microsoft blog post.

During the program’s lifetime, Microsoft adding more features to the service – including custom emoticons, games between players, and a ‘nudge’ function which would shake a friend’s chat window to grab their attention, the Independent writes.

International Business Times

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