After a splendid 15 years of service, MSN is finally shutting down, as announced by the Microsoft officials. MSN was launched in 1999 and was already shut down in all countries except for China in the year 2013.
Tony Bates, leader of Microsoft’s Skype services, announced; “We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available).” However, Oct 31st will be the last day for the final end of all services of MSN, including China.
Chinese users are already notified of this announcement and they are suggested to migrate to Microsoft’s Skype services, in order to save their current MSN contact list. As a promotional step for Skype, the current MSN users will get a $2 Skype coupon free, which can be utilized to make international Skype calls.
This step was necessary due to the decreasing demand and reducing list users, for computer based chat applications. People are more inclined towards using internet based quick chat apps and many of them have already started using Skype. Finally, we can only waive a farewell, to the MSN’s chat world.