Do you remember over a decade old Windows Live Messenger app, the chat service offered by Microsoft.
Well, the MSN Messenger has got included in the list of bygones as the tech giant Microsoft has finally bided it farewell after 15 memorable years of service.
According to the market watchers, the decision to shut down the decade-and-a-half old service comes as an attempt by the software maker to drive users towards its Skype service.
The American tech firm has made the announcement in this regard a year ago and now it has finally put the curtains down to the old chat service. The plan of shifting all the users of Windows Live Messenger to new freemium voice over IP service ‘Skype’ was originally revealed by Microsoft in January last year. However, the MSN Messenger continued to operate uninterrupted in China via a partnership with a third party firm.
But with this latest move, MSN Messenger chat service will no longer be open to operations across the world, including its last surviving Chinese market, after October 31 this year.
The development has been communicated to all the MSN subscribers worldwide via emails. In order to retain its market in China, Microsoft has announced a USD 2 Skype credit to all the MSN subscribers so as to check their switching to rival messaging services.
MSN Messenger was launched by the Microsoft launched in the year 1999 and was among the firsts to offer such chat services. Microsoft has introduced it into the market as a competitor against AOL’s AIM service.
Analysts say the battle between both the messaging giants ran for long and finally Microsoft emerged as the winner after it gained supremacy as it successfully reverse-engineered chat protocol of AOL to allow users of the Windows MSN Messenger sign into AIM directly.