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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

samzenpus posted about two weeks ago | from the so-long-farewell dept.

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New submitter airfuz writes Microsoft took a bold move announcing that users have to move away from the old version of Internet Explorer to the new version 11. And now not long after that, Microsoft announced that they are shutting down the 15-year-old MSN Messenger. Most people have moved away from the service to Facebook and other mobile based messengers such as Whatsapp, and so MSN is left with few users. But still, ending a 15-year messaging service like the MSN Messenger means something to the ones who grew up using it.

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Uh (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795209)

Wasn't it already shut down a couple of years ago, with mandatory migration to Skype?

Re:Uh (2)

jawtheshark (198669) | about two weeks ago | (#47795227)

That was my first reaction too...

Re:Uh (1)

Sperbels (1008585) | about two weeks ago | (#47795333)

Yes. I'm confused too.

Uh (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795363)

Yeah I don't get it. They pushed every off of messenger and onto skype, which is why there's only a few users left. If you were using Pidgin, you could still connect to t he messenger servers, but if you were using the actual messenger client it forced you onto skype. So much ado about nothing?

Uh (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795549)

Older versions of MSN (Pre microsoft takeover) didn't have forced updates, thus never experienced the mandatory migration to skype.

Re:Uh (5, Funny)

Dutch Gun (899105) | about two weeks ago | (#47795933)

When asked about the demise of it's long-time rival, ICQ responded only with "uh oh".

Re:Uh (0)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about two weeks ago | (#47796093)

+1 nostalgia

Re:Uh (1)

adamstew (909658) | about two weeks ago | (#47796455)

I made the ICQ "uh oh" sound my text message sound a while back. Oh the memories...

Re:Uh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795935)

No, they announced that it was going to be discontinued and replaced with Skype. You could still use old MSN or third party clients.

The ones who grew up using MSN? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795217)

You mean the folks too young for AOL Instant Messenger? And the folks too young for IRC?

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795255)

Yeah, we're the ones who had to turn the fucker off every time we got a new Windows machine.

Snake your way through the admin console and find services and turn it off.

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795407)

Of course you are wrong; that was not the same. The service you are talking about was used to allow LAN clients to send short messages to each other - intended for admins to be able to send "server rebooting" type messages. It was, of course, abused by malware and even Microsoft eventually recommended turning it off and then disabled it in a service pack. We are, of course, talking about MSN Messenger which is a client server instant messaging program similar to ICQ.

message is a message (-1, Troll)

globaljustin (574257) | about two weeks ago | (#47795519)

We are, of course, talking about MSN Messenger which is a client server instant messaging program similar to ICQ.

get over yourself...we're all impressed you know the back-end differences between programs that send text from one computer to another....but it's ***completely irrelevant***

Of course you are wrong; that was not the same

yes, they are...they are the "same" in every way that matters to this discussion...you're trolling by saying this, because those backend programming details are not relevant to a discussion about IM services being ended

the joy/wonder of instant messages were that they went *from any computer to any computer*

****that's what people have nostalgia for****

no one has nostalgia for MSN Messenger...maybe nostalgia thinking of how M$ tried to force you to use it systemically...sort of like sarcastic nostalgia for a horrible teacher in high school....sarcastic nostalgia

Re:message is a message (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795817)

*from any computer to any computer*

That was something MSN messenger could do, the other only worked on the local network.
They are different in a very important way that matters to this conversation: One is MSN messenger (the topic of the conversation) the other is not. So yeah, kind of important to know the difference.

Re:message is a message (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47796233)

Don't worry, globaljustin is a known troll and he is just pimping you to get a rise.

His arguments tend to be tantamount to, "disregarding all the fundamental differences, a circle and a triangle are exactly the same! You asshole!"

It's not even specious reasoning he uses, it's just plain disingenuous misdirection and prevarication.

FWIW, I knew the difference between Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger, and "net send".

NET SEND (4, Interesting)

lucm (889690) | about two weeks ago | (#47795897)

I remember we were having a blast with NET SEND at the office, using it to talk shit between developers.

It allowed for short messages only (like twitter), and no incriminating evidence was left behind so no holds barred... Until we found out that each message is automatically logged by Windows and that the sysadmin we had made fun of in those messages had been reading our clever discussions for months... Good times!

Re:NET SEND (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47796001)

I remember we were having a blast with NET SEND at the office, using it to talk shit between developers.

It allowed for short messages only (like twitter), and no incriminating evidence was left behind so no holds barred... Until we found out that each message is automatically logged by Windows and that the sysadmin we had made fun of in those messages had been reading our clever discussions for months... Good times!

Or you messed up the recipient syntax and sent a message to every workstation in both divisions at your new job, oops! Later that week the resident IT droid gave me the stink eye while re-configuring a couple hundred workstations.

Re:NET SEND (1)

lucm (889690) | about two weeks ago | (#47796127)

Good ol' NET SEND *.

Just for fun I showed that command to the office administrator so she could interrupt everyone's work to ask to stop throwing paper towel in the toilet or to say that the person who ate the shrimp salad she left in the fridge is a thief. That was hilarious... for a day or two.

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795293)

The author probably still has a stack of Microsoft System Journals in his attic. No telling when you might be called on to tweak MFC's implementation of OLE so you can deliver your Windows 98 app to customers.

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795351)

Some of the old IRC crowd still around waiting for QtBitchX?

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (5, Interesting)

mikael_j (106439) | about two weeks ago | (#47795373)

Where I grew up IRC was actually popular with the non-nerd crowd until ICQ came around, then that became the "standard" until some time around 2002-2003 when MSN Messenger started taking over more and more and remained the top IM client until Facebook became the one social networking platform to rule them all.

Amazingly enough America Online was never very popular outside the US...

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (2)

rogoshen1 (2922505) | about two weeks ago | (#47795679)

Ah, for moi growing up in Eastern OR, late 90's -- ICQ was the most popular for a long, long time, until being supplanted by AIM (aol instant messenger)

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795747)

Where I grew up IRC was actually popular with the non-nerd crowd until ICQ came around, then that became the "standard" until some time around 2002-2003 when MSN Messenger started taking over more and more and remained the top IM client until Facebook became the one social networking platform to rule them all.

Amazingly enough America Online was never very popular outside the US...

IRC is still very strong, look at Freenode, Esper, EFnet, granted Undernet turned into a sex cesspool and Dalnet is pretty much dead, but the other 3 big ones are still huge. Plus going to #C# #XAML or some other help channel is much better for help centric things than sitting on a 'forum' hoping for a reply.

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795927)

Plus going to #C# #XAML or some other help channel is much better for help centric things than sitting on a 'forum' hoping for a reply.

Except that you usually get some elitist pig blathering something about how to use Google and "RTFM" ...

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about two weeks ago | (#47796851)

I'd imagine QQ is the biggest IM platform in the world, simply because so many Chinese people use it. It's actually not bad and QQ also offer a few terabytes of cloud storage for free. QQ is cheaper than text message, especially for Chinese people living outside of China who want to talk to their friends and family.

Interestingly you hear a lot about censorship in China, but a lot of "secret news" seems to get spread via QQ.

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47797149)

Am I the only one who used ICB [wikipedia.org] ? Most people I knew on ICB circa 1989 moved to IRC (as did I), but it's funny how ICB is often forgotten.

Also, more related to the news post at hand: is Microsoft talking about MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, or Windows Live Messenger? [wikipedia.org] (Gotta read that entire Wikipedia section to fully understand what I'm getting at). Yes, they are all slightly different but slightly interrelated things, yet they've never "truly" disclosed the difference between them all behind the scenes**.

** - And I speak the truth: I worked in the Hotmail/WebTV NOC for some time and while I understood the architecture/topology nobody ever really explained the actual service-level (including protocol) differences between those 3 services.

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795441)

BAH! Back in my day we had to walk across the room to the teletype machine, barefoot, uphill both ways...

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (2)

plopez (54068) | about two weeks ago | (#47795739)

Back in my day we used to have to pass folded up pieces of paper from desk to desk. Often we had to contend with "denial of service" attacks and temporary losses of connection via detention protocols.
 

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (1)

fermion (181285) | about two weeks ago | (#47795635)

What I was thinking. I wonder how many people are still nostalgic for AOL, the primary method that people without a university account got online. I myself never knew anyone who used MSN by choice.

Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about two weeks ago | (#47796437)

Hotmail is what drove people into MSN

Grrrrr (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795221)

"One's"? Really?

Re:Grrrrr (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795259)

Yes, the cromulence score is only a too with that one.

Slashdot editors on weekends are 3 year olds (1)

gavron (1300111) | about two weeks ago | (#47795433)

Oh I'm sorry.
Slashdot editor's on weekend's are three year old's.

It's sad to be illiterate. It's even sadder to be illiterate and not know's it's.

Re:Slashdot editors on weekends are 3 year olds (1)

Le Marteau (206396) | about two weeks ago | (#47795805)

The error was in the submission, which the editor quoted verbatim. Not in the editor's writing.

Re:Slashdot editors on weekends are 3 year olds (1)

lucm (889690) | about two weeks ago | (#47796027)

The original article is pretty bad so I ended up browsing the website and found more, such as this:

CHEF starring Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo and Dustin Hoffman is a movie on social media and it's impacts in our lives. Written and directed by Favreau, this movie is focused on social media and it's usege.

http://airfuz.com/2014/05/15/c... [airfuz.com]

Also interesting, the contact page with the clever antispam system:
http://airfuz.com/contact [airfuz.com]

One can't expect the internet to be filled with high-quality websites, and "news" websites where contributors have bad grammar and can't be bothered to run a spellcheck are common enough. But why is that site a source of news for Slashdot, that's the interesting question.

Mod parent up (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795801)

This is really appalling.

Re:Grrrrr (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about two weeks ago | (#47796025)

Also:

internet explorer

other mobile based messenger

Re:Grrrrr (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about two weeks ago | (#47796587)

The "typoinummary" tag doesn't help, either.

merger with Skype (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795225)

Isn't MSN and Skype supposed to be merged?? When I open Skype it gives me the chance to login with my MSN credentials (haven't tried because I don't have one).

Re:merger with Skype (3, Interesting)

Krakadoom (1407635) | about two weeks ago | (#47795237)

"Isn't MSN and Skype supposed to be merged??" Indeed, however, it was possible to keep using the MSN client, if you - like myself - loathed the Skype client for the buggy, cumbersome, un-intuitive piece of poo that it is. I'm not sure if the Skype and MSN infrastructure was merged, though, but since they're now announcing a shutdown I suppose it wasn't.

Re:merger with Skype (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795421)

They were merged already. If you login to skype using your old skype account, you'll get your skype contacts. If you login with your hotmail, live, outlook, you'll see all your msn messenger contacts.

Lucky Them (0, Offtopic)

Yew2 (1560829) | about two weeks ago | (#47795229)

it only took 7 years before Flight Simulator couldnt be activated properly in newer versions of windows. Is it time for another discussion of what paying for software means to the development company vs. consumer? F%ckwads

Re:Lucky Them (1)

Krakadoom (1407635) | about two weeks ago | (#47795243)

What does that have to do with MSN, which has been free to use?

Re:Lucky Them (1)

Yew2 (1560829) | about two weeks ago | (#47795497)

Good question, in fact Im just glad I dont play utopia anymore and actually talk to the 100+ msn messenger users with whom I used to game daily or Id be whining about msn too. For fsx I am referring to a requirement which is no longer available to be completed online, and for newer operating systems (8x) the install dll which is used to generate telephone activation is not discoverable by the software. In order to use this app whilst buying their new OS, at hundreds of dollars in cost between the two, I must engage support. But both of these scenarios anger me. Sincerely. This isnt just about how MS decides to discontinue one product or doesnt keep other products compatible with all previously released counterparts (while using various maneuvers to compel us to continually upgrade those other products) its about this idea that the software license is not only so much less than any trace of ownership but that its very use can be restricted/disabled at any time. I would hope that whether I directly make a purchase or indirectly fund a franchise like msn by using a free product that there be some assurances that the software we use never be taken away from us. I thought Skype would bridge that gap - and now this? I get it that app services have a cost and such, but people build social lives, businesses, daily routines into messaging software; and as far as expensive games or other products - they have no labeling that states "this may not work very well in 5-10 years, beware" I certainly dont expect ownership when I make a software purchase or create an account but if something is going to be only available to me for a limited time I want to know up front. Sure nothing lasts forever but 5, 10, 15 years? Think about the other purchases we make. These time frames are just too short imo.

Re:Lucky Them (1)

lucm (889690) | about two weeks ago | (#47796103)

I understand how you feel but you have to move on. Forget the concept of ownership as far as proprietary software goes and don't try to make old versions of something run on newer versions of something else. Just assume that everything in that industry is like a used card with a "sold as is" sign in the windshield.

It does not matter if this is right or wrong. That's how things work now. So either you deal with it, or you start looking into FOSS and build for yourself a digital life free of the capricious nature of proprietary software.

Re:Lucky Them (1, Interesting)

spire3661 (1038968) | about two weeks ago | (#47796465)

WE want to see sanity return to development. Stop pushing out so many fucking updates. The software world needs to grow the fuck up and use proper development and deployment. Im tired of my constructs feeling like they are blowing in the wind. Build tools that will last for generations. We are fully into the Information Age, lets start acting like it. The constant changing landscape is akin to someone re-designing the wrench and bolt design every few years. It hard to build stuff on these shifting platforms.

Re:Lucky Them (1)

lgw (121541) | about two weeks ago | (#47796659)

But we're talking about a free online service. Why would you imagine the service provider has some moral duty to keep providing it indefinitely? "indirectly fund a franchise" - really? They owe you because you took their gift? Entitled twit.

Nothing ever entitles you to future work from another. You can have a contract that sets some penalty they'll pay you if they don't do something, but nothing can obligate another to keep providing a service. (You do know slavery is out now, right?)

Re:Lucky Them (3, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | about two weeks ago | (#47795249)

So how much did you pay for MSN Messenger? ( which is the actual topic here. )

Re:Lucky Them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47796073)

15 years of service is pretty good for the price of something old and damaged like a human soul.

On behalf of /. readership, let me just say (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795235)

:-D

those (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795247)

I know it's probably from tFA, but really, "the one's who grew up using it"?

Good riddance (0)

ed1park (100777) | about two weeks ago | (#47795251)

BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Re:Good riddance (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795289)

Says the guy with the hotmail email address.

Re:Good riddance (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795627)

Some of us actually had hotmail accounts before MS bought it (although MS did bought it about one year after Hotmail was released)....

Re:Good riddance (2)

qvatch (576224) | about two weeks ago | (#47795965)

Ah yes, HoTMaiL.

I guess I'll just (4, Funny)

Kevin108 (760520) | about two weeks ago | (#47795275)

Have to go back to using ICQ.

Re: I guess I'll just (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795353)

I pictured Clint Eastwood saying that and I couldnt stop laughing...

Re:I guess I'll just (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | about two weeks ago | (#47795355)

Heretic! The original Internet instant messaging system is spelled "IRC".

Re: I guess I'll just (1)

belrick (31159) | about two weeks ago | (#47795451)

No, that would be something like finger+talk. Or something older. I remember using Bitnet talk before getting a U account with Internet access

Re: I guess I'll just (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | about two weeks ago | (#47795717)

I remember using talk only on the same machine. I specifically said "Internet" to exclude applications that only work on the same host or a proprietary network. However, I now see that talk also works across networks.

Of course, I like to mention IRC just because it's from Finland.

Re: I guess I'll just (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47796919)

ytalk was great for group discussions!

Re:I guess I'll just (1)

Knightman (142928) | about two weeks ago | (#47795479)

I believe ICB (Internet Citizen's Band) preceded IRC with 2 years although ICB was called Fn (Forumnet) in the beginning.

Re:I guess I'll just (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795501)

I'm an American! We communicate through ICBM!

Re:I guess I'll just (1)

jmd (14060) | about two weeks ago | (#47795771)

hahahaha seems that way doesn't it?

Re:I guess I'll just (2)

BlackHawk-666 (560896) | about two weeks ago | (#47795869)

I'm still using Fidonet you insensitive clod!

I felt a great disturbance in the Force (3, Funny)

ssam (2723487) | about two weeks ago | (#47795283)

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out ...

No, wait. Nobody cares.

Happens all the time actually (1)

oldcodebetter (3806725) | about two weeks ago | (#47795303)

Well, I was a teenager when MSN Messenger was being touted to the masses in the early 2000s. They were giving it a big push with Windows XP at the time. Things were still much in dial-up. Broadband was not in yet. Neither was watching videos online, much less YouTube. There was no Google yet either. Google Search came about 5 years after MSN Messenger's big push. I was about to become upset until I realized that these things happen all the time. Some service you like get shut down for no good reason. I don't use MSN Messenger. I use mostly Yahoo Messenger (it was the other big contender to MSN Messenger, AIM was big), text messages (for people not into too much tech), or even just email (with my "techy" friends and FOSS stuff). I used to visit Bloglines.com multiple times per day. They shut things down even though hundreds of thousands of users protested. They could have sold that thing for half a million. Somebody would have bought it--at least recover hardware and software costs. Since this will continue to happen, my solution is to keep an semi-offline repository of my goodies. When Bloglines went away, my sweet little collection of blogs nearly went away unless I did not save my list someplace. Now I have a list of bookmarks to all my favorite blogs, stored offline. Like that bookmark syncing stuff in new FF. I don't want it because the chances are good it will be taken away from me. And the issues of trust, and what are they doing wit my data. Human beings psychologically want a degree of control of their environment and life. I'm just doing my part to ensure I have a comfortable amount of it. Some of these services are hosted on somebody elses server (nowadays called the cloud). I'll host these files on my own computer and devices because I can control it better. I don't get to sync stuff? Ah, I'll think of something which works for me.

Re:Happens all the time actually (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795319)

Google search started in 1998. Do you have the wrong decade?

Looking for an alternative? (5, Informative)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about two weeks ago | (#47795343)

http://retroshare.sourceforge.... [sourceforge.net]

It's an IM program. Fully decentralised. All communications encrypted, authenticated by swapping public keys to make a contact. Supports realtime chat, mail, even distributed forums. Also excellent file sharing capability. The protocol is written to support voice or video, but the client doesn't include that. It can't be shut down, it's near-impossible to monitor without compromising an end-point, and it's very difficult to block at a network level without blocking all SSL traffic. Use it and annoy the NSA.

Not my project, I've no involvement at all. I just think it's really good. I've quite a few friends on it now. It's like the old WASTE, except less buggy and still under active development.

Re:Looking for an alternative? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795691)

Awesome you made my day. Thanks its been a long time since I got something good from salshdot. Remind me of when it's was a good gel site.

Re:Looking for an alternative? (1)

msim (220489) | about two weeks ago | (#47797365)

Times change, huh?

Re:Looking for an alternative? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795911)

Is this related to tox [tox.im] ? it seems to share some features but I don't see it listed as a client...

Umm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795349)

Few users? They are the ones who pretty much kicked everybody out when they acquired Skype.

MSN Messenger reunion to be held (2)

jpellino (202698) | about two weeks ago | (#47795383)

at 2 PM Sunday in a silver minivan. It'll be parked next to the eWorld reunion in the phone booth.

yay apostrophe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795389)

...means something to the one's who grew up using it.

Yeah, it means there is a need for remedial grammar.

Monochrome (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795393)

I grew up with black-and-white TVs ... ending that for something better was really no hardship, and I didn't miss it.
I also discard old furniture when it wears and no longer meets the needs ... should I have an attachment to a 15-year-old lamp?
(perhaps you do, I try to be tolerant of others' kinks, but I really don't)

Re:Monochrome (3)

fisted (2295862) | about two weeks ago | (#47796421)

Yeah, i agree, software wear and tear is a bitch. After 15 years of continued use, i reckon most of the 0s are cracked open, and the 1s are likely entirely dull.

phim hai chau tinh tri (1)

muathukn (3806741) | about two weeks ago | (#47795415)

phim hai chau tinh tri https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com] Have to go back to using ICQ. -- It's a perfect time for being wasted. A perfect time to watch the stars. - Burden Brothers, "Beautiful Night"

hmph, get off my lawn (1)

Atrox Canis (1266568) | about two weeks ago | (#47795449)

Bluewave, 'nuff said.

Good thing ICQ is still around (1)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795463)

Reliable as ever.

it was 2 years ago (1)

bobjr94 (1120555) | about two weeks ago | (#47795575)

They shut the service down along time ago, shortly after they bought skype. If you try to sign it it just fails and says you must upate to skype. I know, we had a problem with my wifes work only allowing messenger on her pc, they wouldnt install skype or any other messenger. I ended up putting skype portable on a usb drive and she ran it from there.

Re:it was 2 years ago (2)

jonbryce (703250) | about two weeks ago | (#47795621)

It is still available in China, but not for much longer, hence the announcement.

Re:it was 2 years ago (1)

Ash-Fox (726320) | about two weeks ago | (#47796215)

Skype is pre-installed with the latest version of Windows.

Used hotmail ID if I recall... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795611)

... at any rate, I've long since forgotten the password, or they deactivated the ID, or something... really wasn't interested in it anyways so I never put much thought into trying to reactivate it or sign up for a new one.

And Nothing . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795757)

. . . to the billions of the rest fo us.

Good riddance! (1, Troll)

joocemann (1273720) | about two weeks ago | (#47795785)

ICQ/Yahoo/GTalk/Skype/IRC - were all far better than MSN garbage. MSN was always a distraction IM system that gained popularity due to microsoft forcing people into MSN e-mail accounts and buying hotmail.

I'm glad to see it going away. One less thing for pidgin/trillian to have to work with (note: the MSN accounts on the multi-messengers are the *only* ones I recall ever not really transferring files correctly)

I tried MSN messenger years and years ago (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | about two weeks ago | (#47795825)

I tried MSN messenger years and years ago. As far as messengers go they were no competition to Yahoo messenger or AIM,Aim being the king. Its been at least 10 years since i had MSN messenger and noway in the gods green earth i would use Skype. Yahoo was my Fav it had before MSN and AIM. In the beginning Yahoo and MSN were most used by web cam swingers and showoffs. mostly unwelcome dick flashers. Men are such dicks

Its like its January 17, 2013 all over again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795887)

Hi. Its like its January 17, 2013 all over again! Look here [slashdot.org] and you will see some of the news sites reporting it. But thanks to the intrepid /. staff for keeping us up to date!

Chatting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795919)

What are you wearing?

PIR!

Died after 6.5 (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47795987)

After MSNM 6.5, they ruined the client completely.

Back then, you could even have fun add-ons for MSN that could let you do fun stuff with names, display pictures.
Instead of working with the modding community, which was huge with MSN, they made MSNM 7 harder to mod, which killed off so many things.

Likewise that was just around the time they started slowly strangling the rest of the MSN Services, one by one, including one they could have made glorious, MSN Spaces.
But instead they continued to fight their OWN community until everyone else left it.

Re:Died after 6.5 (1)

Ash-Fox (726320) | about two weeks ago | (#47796205)

Back then, you could even have fun add-ons for MSN that could let you do fun stuff with names

I found MSN names terrible. People would stick quotes, poems etc. into their name and their name was often larger than the sentences they would type.

Decentralized is the next step. (1)

GrBear (63712) | about two weeks ago | (#47795997)

Personally, I'm waiting for a good decentralized solution.

Hopefully Bittorent Chat [bittorrent.com] will fit that.

I think most are missing the politics. (3, Interesting)

tlambert (566799) | about two weeks ago | (#47795999)

I think most are missing the politics.

This is surprising, coming as it does on the heels of Microsoft's refusal to comply with the U.S. Federal court order to hand over overseas held emails.

So I will spell out some of the political consequences here.

The service closure forces a service switch on the remaining people who were using non-Microsoft MSN clients and thus avoiding the Guangming, which operates the Chinese version of Skype, which has been modified "to support Internet regulations", which is to say The Great Firewall of China. If these users want comparable services, the only comparable one now available to them is Tencent’s QQ messaging software, which from the start has been designed "to support Internet regulations". So there are no longer any "too big to shoot in the head" options which do NOT "support Internet regulations".

So really the only people who care about this will be Chinese dissidents who want to communicate with each other using an encrypted channel through a server inaccessible to the Chinese government, and any journalists seeking an encrypted channel whereby they can move information out of China without having to have a government approved satellite uplink handy, or a willingness to smuggle out data storage some other way.

Re:I think most are missing the politics. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47796977)

So it is user-centric then

Already down? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47796033)

Mine stopped connecting ~a year ago as the servers went down. Not sure what this is about older versions and such, neither will work without servers.

MSN messemger (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47796179)

Boo ! I never ever used because other at the other end never learned how as every thing has to be signed in it would be nice if like a phone call you could just dial Facebook sucks I do not get it my self what do messenger and suck face have in common. Any way things change and not always for the better. While I got maybe someone attention. 911 was an inside job. Israeli hand in hand with the Rothschild gang and of course big stinky oil. Really believe their blood money they are going to succeed where Alexander the said Great and others of his kind failed in the world domination business, who but billionaires with nothing useful to do as they themselves or useless things. L.B..J. killed his own sister and others he was a sick man the killing of J.F.K. gave the keys to the new world order nuts. Since the bankers to control as puppet masters of near everything in 1913 they were for a time happy as pigs in shit loads of money. Then when Kennedy was going to dismantle one of their main enforcers the C.I.A into a thousand pieces and by passed their control on the public control with debt not to mention stop the killing and waste which is the military industrial COMPLEX Johnson would be allowed to kill the man that was of the people and for the people. CAN YOU imagine what the world would be like if Kennedy had stop the war saved and return the population out of debt to machine of wars and stopped big stinky oil. WE ALL WOULD BE DRIVING ELECTRIC CARS 90% OF ELCTRICAL POWER WOULD COME FROM SOLAR TIDAL AND WIND. Global warming and the end of the world would be under control. WE have to imprison every billionaire as killing them is to kind. Jailed in isolation is the only way open their eyes to the suffering they are responsible. I unlike them would not keep them there for more then five years but no less then two. their thief of wealth would go back into schools hospitals and all manner of human need> Those responsible for death on mass would be put to vote being remove for the page of life or not.

instant messaging (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47796271)

the only issue I have with MSN messanger, AOL IM (forgot the name), ICQ is receiving friends requests from complete strangers. Don't know how they found me. Maybe my profile was set to public. I forgot. Also, there is a ton of spam in the public chat rooms.

My friends moved from ICQ to MySpace then to Facebook. I therefor stopped using instant messaging programs.

Time for Internet Explorer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about two weeks ago | (#47796679)

And then the Windows that is crap by design.
Webkit/Chromium and Linux are the future.

Microsoft Messenger = Spim (1)

AnalogDiehard (199128) | about two weeks ago | (#47797061)

Microsoft Messenger got a bad reputation as a target for spim (IM spam). It was enabled up to WINXP SP2 which finally disabled it by default, but by then it was an abandoned protocol because almost all users turned it off in earlier Windows OS to block the spim. It became a ghost town haunted by spammers like most Yahoo groups.
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