Messenger is Not Going to be Taken Down on March 15
Microsoft's instant messaging service “Messenger” (or also known as “MSN”) is not going to be terminated completely on March 15th, so the rumor was incorrect. Only the desktop application and Kinect video chat service on the Xbox will be terminated in the near future.
Microsoft Messenger was predicted by many media to be discontinued on March 15th, moving all its users (except for users in mainland China) over to Skype, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2011. This rumor is not true, according to tech news site Ars Technica. “The company (Microsoft) tells us that contrary to the previous reports, the Messenger service isn't being retired on March 15th. That date does represent the start of the transition away from Messenger, but the service is set to operate for some time yet”.
Messenger app on Windows Phone, will not be discontinued in the near future. It is still unclear whether Microsoft Metro app on Windows 8 will also be affected, but the desktop-application and Xbox Kinect video chat will certainly be.
Third party apps such as Pidgin will stop getting access to the service starting October 2013 for Microsoft will turn off its opensource-protocol XMPP.
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12 June 2013 / 13 June 2013