February 6, 2023

MSN Messenger Finally Shutting Down in China, Its Last Remaining Market

Skype and Windows Live Messenger merge, folding Skype into Live Messenger, MSN Messenger and Skype

Remember Windows Live Messenger? It’s carried a few different names over the course of its journey, one that started way back on July 22, 1999 and will finally come to a complete end on October 31.

The service shut down everywhere else but China last year, but China will see the end of Messenger on the last day of October, according to TechNode.

There will be a similar move to push Chinese users to Skype that we saw last year

We’ll be seeing a move to push Chinese users to Skype that will be similar to the one experienced elsewhere.

There are still many of us who have fond memories of MSN/Windows Live Messenger and the games and features it used to offer, such as being able to show friends what you’re listening to a la Spotify on Facebook.

The IM client’s final version, called Wave 4, brought a number of notable features to the service, including tabbed conversations, HD video chat and messaging, Facebook and SkyDrive photo comment support, and Facebook chat. In addition, while this version was available for PC’s, mobile applications were released for Windows Phone, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Symbian devices. A version for Zune was also available by the time the final version was released on September 30, 2011.