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Users of Microsoft’s legacy chat application MSN Messenger will have to part with their favourite application on coming 31st October. On this date, the Redmond will eliminate the service for good. Although the service was stopped in many parts of the world in April last year, users in certain countries were allowed to continue using the service with limited features. The service is still popular in many parts of the world where latest versions of instant messaging applications are not yet popular.
The few countries that were allowed to continue using MSN Messenger include China. According to the Windows online support centre, MSN will be stopped in China and other countries where it is still allowed till 31st October and that will be the end of the decade old instant messaging application.
Microsoft released MSN messenger back in 90s. The application got enormous popularity because it was one of the first instant messenger applications to integrate multiple features like voice chat, messaging, sending files etc. Over these years, Microsoft has released multiple updates to the MSN messenger, for instance Windows Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. Nevertheless, MSN messenger continues to remain popular because of its long legacy.
Microsoft wants all MSN users to move to Skype
Rumour has it that the tech giant wants all MSN users to migrate to Skype. Microsoft acquired Skype a few years back and ever since that, it had been encouraging users to abandon legacy instant messenger applications like MSN, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Messenger and the likes. The tech giant believes that the total termination of MSN Messenger from all countries will help it gain new users to Skype. According to Netsharemarket, there are still millions of people using MSN messenger in China at the moment. When Microsoft ends the service on 31st October, all these users will be forced to migrate to latest chat applications.
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Microsoft faces competition from third party chat applications
Although there are increased chances that millions of MSN messengers in China will migrate to Skype, there are also chances that these users may move to third party instant messenger applications like Tencent. So, the decision to end MSN Messenger may not necessarily help Microsoft earn new users to Skype.
To allure new users to Skype, Microsoft has announced new offer schemes. MSN users leaving the service for Skype get $2 worth credit in their Skype voice calling balance. Microsoft has offered free assistance to MSN users wanting to migrate to Skype via its Windows online support desk.
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