Microsoft Windows Live Messenger – MSN is Closing down

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Microsoft’s Windows Messenger or MSN Messenger as we used to know it –  is shutting down its instant message service on the 15th of March 2013 after 14 years.

Email from The Messenger Team 

We are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together. Update to Skype and sign in using a Microsoft Account (same as your Messenger ID) and all your Messenger contacts will be at your fingertips. You’ll be able to instant message and video chat with them just like before, and also discover new ways of staying in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet.

A sad day for the die-hard MSN User

Msn Messenger was released originally in 1999 it was for many the first instant messaging service in direct competition with AOL instant messenger – it was very popular by users. I personally have friends that I met on ICQ that moved to MSN and stayed there – some friends now have Facebook or Twitter but they still always use Windows Messenger. I think the 15th of March might be a sad day for some.

It doesn’t seem that long ago Windows live messenger had an major overhaul and we saw the IM apps for Windows live messenger which had support for windows live, Yahoo, facebook and more, plus access to Facebook.

Windows Live Messenger and Skype are coming together

Microsoft are trying to get people to move over to Skype – well, they aren’t trying – you have to update to Skype or you will just lose all of your contacts.  All you have to do is log in to Skype with your Windows messenger user name and Password, and all of your contacts will still be there.  The good thing about it for some will be that you can integrate Skype, Facebook, and Windows Messenger.

Microsoft bought Skype some months ago – so it was inevitable that this would happen. Merging users on the already popular Skype will greatly increase its usage and make it a better competitor for Google hangouts and Gmail Chat.

According to a report from you could probably manage to stay on Live messenger for another year – they say –

Messenger uses two network protocols that allow third parties applications to tap into its service. One is a proprietary Microsoft protocol named MSP, the other an open protocol called XMPP, which the company added in December of 2011.

Microsoft will keep XMPP support alive until October of this year, while its own MSP protocol won’t be turned off until March 2014, ArsTechnica explained.

I think that means that you can still use the third party software, like the messaging apps – but will you risk losing your contacts, if you don’t change over in time.  Will have to watch out for this story.

Is Hotmail next to go?

A new version of Skype for Window 7, XP and Vista (ppl still use Vista?) with outlook integration was just rolled out this week Version 6.1 – with messages on Hotmail to upgrade, it makes you wonder how long Hotmail will stay with us now. And no matter what you say about Hotmail I do know many people still with Hotmail accounts, maybe only kept for MSN messenger?  Although do be on the alert now if you see any emails saying that they are shutting down Hotmail that it isn’t another Phishing Scam like we’ve seen in the past, as they tend to come along after news like this.

I wonder how people feel about this change ?  Are you someone that won’t bother moving over to Skype?  Or do you think that Windows live messenger should have been closed down years ago.