Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger

By Staff  |  08/30/2014

MSN Messenger

After 15 years, Microsoft has officially announced that it's shutting down Windows Live Messenger, formerly MSN Messenger.

The service first launched in 1999 as Microsoft's answer to the then-popular AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). Starting with a basic IM functionality, the messenger would later expand with new features such as photo messaging, video chatting, games and much-loved emoji.

The tech giant first announced it would be closing Windows Live and moving everyone over to Skype in 2012, after it was acquired by Microsoft. But, it remained via users in China... until now.

Chinese users were alerted of the shutdown this week... with the official cut-off by October 31.

Despite being an outdated service, Windows Live had as many as 330 million users as recently as 2009.