RIP, MSN Messenger: Microsoft Kills Old-School Chat App

In news that is sure to make you feel old, Microsoft is officially killing its 15-year-old instant messaging program.

Windows Live Messenger— formerly MSN Messenger— will soon go the way of Friendster, Google Reader and Facebook Poke.

Microsoft first announced it would be closing Windows Live and pushing users over to Skype in 2012, but the service had stuck around in China — until now.

Microsoft began alerting Chinese users of Windows Live’s imminent shutdown Thursday, and told users they would need to switch to Skype by October 31. The tech giant also promised free Skype credit to those who did, according to the BBC.

MSN Messenger first launched in 1999 as Microsoft’s answer to the then-popular AOL Instant Messenger. Like so many messaging apps before and since, it started off simple, with basic IM functionality — but soon expanded with new features such as photo messaging, video chatting, games and much-loved emoji.

Following news of the closure, MSN Messenger alums took to Twitter to eulogize the instant messaging client that once ruled dial-up Internet.

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