SUNBIZ

MSN Messenger Shuts Down

It’s the end of an era for one of Microsoft’s most popular instant messaging software products. Microsoft started to phase out MSN Messenger (also known as Windows Live Messenger) globally
03 Sep 2014 09:56
MSN Messenger Shuts Down
Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament coordinator Koli Korovulavula (third from left), Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram, Paradise Beverages general manager sales and corporate affairs, Joe Rodan (Snr), Paradise Beverages general manager, Mike Spencer during the official launch at the Paradise Beverages boardroom in Walu Bay, Suva, on January 20, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

It’s the end of an era for one of Microsoft’s most popular instant messaging software products. Microsoft started to phase out MSN Messenger (also known as Windows Live Messenger) globally in April 2013 and it will be completely shut down on October 31st.

MSN Messenger is only available in mainland China until then. In an e-mail about the changes, Microsoft suggested that users switch to Skype. As an incentive to join Skype, Microsoft is offering a free US$2 credit to users that make the switch.

Microsoft launched MSN Messenger in 1999 as a competitor to Instant Messenger (AIM) and ICQ. MSN Messenger supported access to AIM, but America Online tried continuously to block Microsoft.

As MSN Messenger grew in popularity, additional features were created like custom emoticons, games and a nudge feature that shakes the chat window.

Feedback: newsroom@fijisun.com.fj


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.




5SQRS Clearance


Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper