Microsoft has been phasing out MSN Messenger (AKA Windows Live Messenger) for months but some parts of the services are still available as of now. Sadly, the once popular messenger will be shutting down completely on October the 31st, marking the end of a 15-year long run.
The service was first released to compete directly with AOL’s Instant Messenger (AIM) and instantly became popular, especially since users could log in with their AOL e-mails too. As social networks and other messaging services rose, however, MSN fell into obscurity. Microsoft then acquired Skype and the rest, as they say, is history. The company made everyone migrate to Skype and since no one uses MSN anymore, it is time to say goodbye.
Although I doubt more than a handful of people will be missing MSN, it still brings up feelings of nostalgia for all of us that used the service over the years. Of course, shutting it down seems like an obvious and reasonable choice for Microsoft and there is no denying for me that Skype is a far better service. Ten years from now, Microsoft might even replace Skype for the next big thing as the cycle of software platforms dictates.