I bet you thought it was gone, didn’t you? Once upon a time, when people need computers to chat with one another over long distances, there were a host of chatting options: AOL/AIM, Yahoo Messenger, and the least-heralded of the three, MSN Messenger. AIM is still around, and I think Yahoo Messenger probably is too, but MSN Messenger has long since disappeared in the United States, supplanted by Microsoft’s purchase of Skype. However, while MSN may be gone in the US, it still has a home in China, where Messgenger lived on for years after its unceremonious dumping Stateside.
That’s all changing. Facing competition from Skype and Chinese-developed QQ chat service from Tencent, Microsoft is reading the writing on the wall and powering down the servers. MSN Messenger will be signing off for good in October. Talk about the end of an era. I think anyone in their late 20s or early 30s remembers spending hours online chatting via various things, struggling to play games via dial-up modem, and other things that s0und like my grandmother talking about the radio, or my parents talking about black-and-white TV.Technorati Tags: chat, chat programs, china, microsoft, microsoft closing down MSN messenger, microsoft messenger, msn, msn messenger, online chatting, qq, Skype, tencent