I’ve never been a fan of MSN Messenger, but I don’t hate it either. It was one of the first IM clients which pioneered the era of social networking on the Internet, and when such an application is put to sleep, you can’t help but feel a little sad. MSN Messenger, which Microsoft started calling Windows Live Messenger sometime in 2005, was already abandoned by Microsoft outside People’s Republic of China, and now it will be brutally executed by the Redmond, Washington based company on 31 October. Many PRC users have received an email by Microsoft notifying them of the discontinuation of the service and advising them to make a shift to Skype.
Despite its association with one of the most ‘not-loved’ companies in the world, MSN Messenger did manage to win the hearts of its users during its lifetime.