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Windows Live SMS alerts to shut down May 31st

Microsoft has already revealed that it will be discontinuing its Windows Live branding for many of its online services. Now comes word that one of Windows Live's long running features will be shutting down by the end of the month. Liveside.net reports that, according to an email sent to some Windows Live subscribers, SMS alerts to Windows Live services will no longer be sent out after May 31st.

The email said that this feature will affect users of Hotmail, SkyDrive and Windows Live Messenger. It stated that after May 31st, " ... you will not receive text messages on your phone when a new mail, Messenger social or SkyDrive comment arrives."

The email points out that mobile phone users can download apps for all three devices, or they can be reached via a phone's web browser. The email added, "We remain focused on making Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive and your Windows PC the best that they can be. Note that this change has no impact on your ability to access Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive."

Microsoft has been shutting down some Windows Live-based services over the past couple of months. It previously closed off emailing photos to SkyDrive, along with cutting off Windows Live updates from MySpace accounts.

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