Microsoft to Retire MSN Messenger This Halloween

On Oct. 31, 2014, after 15 years of connecting people worldwide via online instant messaging, Microsoft will be shutting down MSN Messenger. The program enjoyed widespread success after its launch way back in 1999 (which in internet years comes out to about 150 years ago), but has recently seen a slack in usage as other companies rushed to offer robust chat and messaging services.


Plenty of other services exist that will be able to fill the chat void, including Microsoft’s own relatively recent acquisition, Skype. For those of you that still use MSN Messenger and need to make a switch, replacement options abound, many of which feature voice chat. Some, like Skype, even offer group chat, making trans-continental meetings and collaboration sessions easy. There’s Viber, Facetime, Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger, just to name a few.


Which chat service do you use, and if you’re a MSN Messenger holdout, which one will you be switching to?



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