Windows Live Messenger

by Microsoft Corporation

Cross-platform messaging software that connects with Yahoo Messenger, Facebook Messenger, and more

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Microsoft Corporation

Release: Windows Live Messenger 16.4.3528

Antivirus check: passed

Last revision: Last week

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Windows Live Messenger, originally known as MSN messenger, was one of the very first instant-messaging programs to hit the internet. The software was extremely popular, seeing releases on many platforms (Windows, Xbox 360, macOS). In 2009, Microsoft reported that over 30 million people used the software. Today, however, the software has zero users. Why is this?

The chat program housed various features that would later be seen in other messaging platforms: social media integration, offline messaging, the ability to stay "hidden" to some viewers while online to others, games, photo and video support, and many more bells and whistles that truly made it unique for the time. However, as technology advanced and other programs (like Skype) took the stage, Windows Live Messenger was used less and less. Following Microsoft's acquisition of Skype, the program was officially retired, and Skype was made the official Windows messaging software. 

Its discontinuation is not due to poor quality, however. Windows Live Messenger was truly a fantastic chat app all the way until its timely demise. Updating every few years or so, it would not be so out of the ordinary to expect that the software would have been supporting more smart devices. However, other prevailing technology took the spotlight away from Windows Live Messenger, leaving it in the dust and forcing it to shutter.

Nowadays, there is literally no point in using the software. You won't be able to do so anyway. Multiple attempts to bring back the platform have been made, but none have been successful so far. Honestly, why should the service come back? It was revolutionary for its time, yes, but now there are so many other platforms that one can use to get in touch with their friends. Windows Live Messenger should be allowed to stay in history where it belongs, as one of the original chat apps.

Available in over 300 different languages

  • Instant Messaging
  • Photo/Video share
  • Offline Messaging
  • In-program games
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