MSN Messenger will finally shut down on October 31

If you read the headline for this article with some confusion, you're probably not alone. After all, Microsoft announced last year that it was closing down its Windows Live Messenger service, and it spent a great deal of time and effort transitioning users to Skype instead. 

But while the rest of the world moved to Skype, Windows Live Messenger - even now, still popularly referred to by its previous name, 'MSN Messenger' - lived on in China, where it was operated in partnership with a local third-party company. 

However, as TechNode reports today, MSN Messenger will soon be no more, as Chinese users have received emails informing them that the service will be shut down on October 31. To encourage users to stick with Microsoft - rather than moving to rival messaging services - the company is giving each of them a $2 coupon for Skype calls.

MSN Messenger first launched in 1999, before officially rolling out in China in 2005.

Source: TechNode via TNW

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The only thing I can say is that - even though I haven't used Messenger for ages now - a part of my internet history is disappearing and it makes me feel old.

Wannes said,
The only thing I can say is that - even though I haven't used Messenger for ages now - a part of my internet history is disappearing and it makes me feel old.

Your new friend http://www.oldversion.com/

i remember sending him graphics and hex changes to make the rounded corners square. he implemented it into Mess patch without ever crediting me -_-

FYI, it shut down something like a year ago but the actual protocol still lived because it can be used through Skype. All they did was use an artificial method of not allowing the WLM client to connect anymore but you could reconnect using a patch (Messenger Reviver). I still have a few friends who I mostly chat with using MSN/WLM.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Yes I will. Did you not read what I wrote about the patch?

I came up with that patch years ago, all you do is change the resource information of the MSN executable, one version information is sent to the MSN servers and the other was used by the likes of messenger+ and stuffplug so you kept that one as is.
However, skype does not use the MSN protocol, when they kill MSN, that's it, your 'patched' MSN WILL NO LONGER WORK AT ALL. Neither will pidgin, or other 3rd party clients.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Did you not read what I wrote about the patch?

You obviously didn't read the article.

Isn't it the other way around since Skype was moved to the MSN protocol over the last few months and the fact that they said the former skype protocol will soon be killed ?

flobo said,
Isn't it the other way around since Skype was moved to the MSN protocol over the last few months and the fact that they said the former skype protocol will soon be killed ?

No.

Yes, 2 bucks is an insult. calls are like 40 cents per min. They should give more like 5 bucks and or give a generous calling credit for say a month. That would make users happy.

MSN Messenger is a typical way how Microsoft can scr###### a good/popular service/software. Keep up the screwing work MS.

Tell me if I'm wrong but I used to talk to people on MSN back when it came out. You typed words into the box and pressed enter and people were able to read it and send words back.. As far as I remember I could still do that in the WLM and I can also do the same thing with Skype.....

Soooo, what part did they screw up? I am all to happy to say when I am wrong. If you tell me there was something there I missed that kept you from typing words to someone and them back then by all means tell me I'm wrong.

They screwed everything from the mishandling of the transition to Skype to Skype itself. Windows Live Messenger (what an ugly name) which many people would still call by the name of MSN messenger was so much fun to use. Skype does not even come close and Microsoft screwing badly with the overbloated release of WLM people simply switched to 3rd party messengers.

I haven't used WLM for many years but I can still remember:
1) Custom emoticons
2) background customisation that syncs nicely
3) Nicknames and all the sort of stuff you can throw there

It was a fun experience that no messenger as of today comes close. Shame.

May the ones who killed it burn in hell. Okay just kidding but Microsoft should have treated its Live Messenger users better by restoring its good features in Skype.

My eyebrows raised at the sight of this article. I didn't think anyone would still be using MSN (messenger). Everyone that is in my circle now use FB.

Kreuger said,
Am I the only one who thought it was already dead?
It's dead like a year ago or so... Someone go make a popular chat client, and Microsoft gonna buy it again. And the cycle begins again.

How cute, people still IM? Haven't used one since ICQ was the got to IM client, texting and Hangouts are better options

Huh? Messenger is no diff (if not better than) WhatsApp, FB Messenger, Skype, etc. Yes ppl still IM. In fact they've brought over a lot of Messenger's features over to Skype but they still have lots of work to do to bring Skype on par with Messenger.

Forget ICQ it nothing but a bad joke being that AOL sold and never fix anything and now that own by Russia Company which turn it to a bigger F#@$# Mess and all ready lost 3 my acct there.

Edited by SHS, Aug 29 2014, 5:59pm :

Pluto is a Planet said,
Hangouts requires that you let Google intrude your life. There isn't even an option to make your email address visible to friends in Skype.

Google doesnt care about you. Microsoft doesnt care about you. Apple doesnt care about you. The trick is that any company wants you to think they care about you or put you first but at the end of the day, they really dont.

So no, Google doesnt intrude into YOUR life. They intrude into aggregate data samplings based on you and 10,000 other similar people.

how cute, some people think they are so cool, that they don't need an instant messenger.

Same people who use hangouts it seems, must be so cute, having an IM community of about 3!

Until it supports tabbed chats, Skype is STILL an inferior product compared to Messenger. And it keeps losing messages, has crap contact management, and seems to totally ignore my privacy settings judging by the number of anonymous "women" I get asking if I want to get friendly...

Totally agree... not just tabs but EVERYTHING Messenger had. I'm glad to see them finally bringing it on par (such as free group calls and screen sharing), but there's still lots missing and doesn't work as flawless as Messenger did. They should just rebrand Messenger as Skype and give it a lighter interface.

FloatingFatMan said,
Until it supports tabbed chats, Skype is STILL an inferior product compared to Messenger. And it keeps losing messages, has crap contact management, and seems to totally ignore my privacy settings judging by the number of anonymous "women" I get asking if I want to get friendly...

Exactly this. And best of all Messenger allowed for custom emoticons, which was awesome :( I miss them

FloatingFatMan said,
Until it supports tabbed chats, Skype is STILL an inferior product compared to Messenger.
Skype does have tabbed chats. They're just vertical tabs.

j2006 said,
They should just rebrand Messenger as Skype and give it a lighter interface.
That is what Microsoft did like a year ago. I try logging in to Skype just to use Messenger, but then I gave up.

Anooxy said,
Yes? He's right, the vertical list of contacts works just like tabs. What are you talking about?
A list of contacts, as well as your most recent conversations (just like tabbed chats).

FloatingFatMan said,
That's bugger all like tabbed chats. Tabbed chats is one window for many conversations, not separate windows for each, which is what Skype does.
Skype has the option to do both. Go to View > Default View for the tabbed mode or View > Compact View for multiple windows.

They should have just shut it down if the only users left are Chinese. They can be transparent about it too.

I'm surprised anyone STILL uses it. Anecdotal I know but everyone in my circle of friends stopped using it waaaay before Microsoft bought Skype. It was Facebook Chat that killed it, when they finally added the universal inbox feature.

Classic service that was destroyed by the huge bureaucracy at Microsoft.. Since I started using it, it changed names almost 6 times as it moved from one department to the next.. If they just chose the name Microsoft Messenger and that's it, and prepared it for mobile, it would of been successful in the long run.

That's the stupid thing, it was already prepared for mobile. It already had apps on various platforms and it was built into the Messaging Hub in WP and Windows from the start. Skype is more problematic.

They've had three different messengers. The one this article is talking about only had two names. MSN and WLM. They had one called Windows Messenger that came out with XP that was kinda dumbed down and had enterprise features. But MSN and WM were out at the same time. Theres also Lync which is an enterprise messaging tool. What 3 names are you talking about?

I used to use MSN Messenger every day when I was a teenager, it was a great way to talk to all of your friends. I kinda miss the simplicity of it, now me and my friends begrudgingly use Facebook to keep in contact/organise social events.

My8th said,
I actually talked with my friends that I couldn't see in person now they just post status updates.....

That's why I say social networking is inherently antisocial.

Personally, I just wish they'd unify the contacts. I still have live:users that I can't rename and that don't properly auto-link with my other contacts.

What they don't get it back when msn messenger provide tons of customization and funny stuff to use the service and skype have absolute nothing but a simple video call or chat. Those who in charge of forcing the user to migrate toward skype may never notice what they are missing or even comparing the two differences of communication platform. I don't usually complain much about microsoft service product but this is the area where they need to learn more and suck it up when they don't do it right.

Master of Earth said,
What they don't get it back when msn messenger provide tons of customization and funny stuff to use the service and skype have absolute nothing but a simple video call or chat. Those who in charge of forcing the user to migrate toward skype may never notice what they are missing or even comparing the two differences of communication platform. I don't usually complain much about microsoft service product but this is the area where they need to learn more and suck it up when they don't do it right.

They don't want to do that, as they want to limit customization, which is lame.

Customization to a degree was good.

Customization a la winks, custom backgrounds, anything that would make you reach out to MsgPlus for killing it, was when Microsoft began losing sight of the basics that make a chat service reliable. To this day I still find it laughable how contact management went straight to hell when Microsoft tried shoving in contacts integration with Live (remember when Microsoft *had* a social network?). People would try adding me, usually on an alternative client, and I would be completely unaware of it until they let me know in person.

Skype may not boast the same level of functionality as WLM did but at least the basics do work, even though it's a VoIP client at heart. (except for message syncing which is still flaky at times, though now it's better)

Windows Phone? Don't think that will keep Microsoft from killing it. They probably have metrics on how few people use it and will have no problem alienating those few. They seem to have no problem burning good will with Windows Phone users.

I haven't been on WP8.0 for a while, but I still use the Family Room private chat, which is powered by messenger (at least that has been my understanding). I would love it if they would just make that Skype chat and integrate it.

Family Rooms actually uses Skype's backend which is now the same as Messenger. They posted an article about this a long time ago when they enabled Microsoft account in Skype.

I never really used a messenger since the forced migration to Skype. it's just not the same. It could be awesome if they enhanced the text based messaging in it.

seta-san said,
I never really used a messenger since the forced migration to Skype. it's just not the same. It could be awesome if they enhanced the text based messaging in it.
Same. I stop using Messenger when they force me to log into Skype.

I ditched Windows Live Messenger when they announced the Skype merge. I'm looking forward to the "improvements" they plan to add to Skype on the desktop.

fordcom said,

Shame. You have to migrate to skype


As long as alternatives/options exist then no way. They should allow the option of either skype or wlm.

pallentx said,
Or Whatsapp, or FB Messenger, or SMS, or iMessage...

I use it as well as using Whatsapp, FB Messenger, and SMS.