The tech giant Microsoft has decided to bring the curtains down on its over a decade old chat service, Windows Messenger app, eyeing good prospects for its modern day internet chat and voice service ‘Skype’.
Windows Messenger app or MSN Messenger, as it is popularly known as, will be included in the list of bygones in October this year after its 15 memorable years of service.
Microsoft has launched MSN Messenger in the year 1999 against its rival AOL’s AIM service.
According to Microsoft, the company has communicated to all the MSN subscribers worldwide about the development via emails.
The announcement of closure was made by the company a year ago. Tech experts say the main idea behind shutting down the 15-year-old service is to divert its crowd to the newly introduced Microsoft’s Skype service.
In January 2013, Microsoft has revealed its plan to shift all the Windows Live Messenger subscribers to the freemium service ‘Skype’.
Currently, the operations of MSN Messenger are seized all over the world except China, where it continues to operate uninterrupted via a third party interference.
But after October 31, MSN Messenger chat service will go completely offline worldwide, including its last surviving market in China.
In a bid to retain its market in China following the shutdown, Microsoft is trying lucrative deals. It has announced a USD 2 Skype credit to all the MSN subscribers in China so as to prevent their switching to rival messaging services,