MSN Messenger - Which Once Had 330 Million Users - Has Finally, Completely Died (Taking A Piece Of Your Youth With It)
Microsoft announced the service would be retired and gradually integrated into Skype. But the program has remained available in China ever since. Now, ZDnet reports that MSN Messenger will finally close for good after its Chinese version is also set to shut down.
At its peak, MSN Messenger had 330 million users worldwide. For scale, that's about three times
than the current number of Snapchat users and about three quarters of the number of all current Gmail users.
For a time, MSN Messenger was
instant message platform of choice and its death will prompt a quiet wave of tech nostalgia. Before the mobile phone, Messenger
texting. Many a friendship and romance blossomed and died via Messenger's odd blue/green color scheme.
Now that MSN Messenger will officially close on Oct. 31, Microsoft is offering all Chinese users of the service a $2 Skype coupon to ease the transition.
MSN Messenger and Skype have seen increased competition in China following the rise of rival messaging platform QQ. Gigaom reports that the Tencent-owned company has over 200 million users.
Here is what it looked like in its classic format: