Windows Live Messenger (famously known as MSN Messenger) was the most popular instant messaging platform of that time, but unfortunately, it was discontinued by Microsoft. Live Messenger was available on mobile OS like Blackberry OS, iOS, Symbian OS and Windows, Xbox360, and Zune HD also. It was multi-platform service where you could’ve connected Microsoft Messenger Service, and Facebook and Yahoo Messenger as well. Though its name has been changed many times, people still remember it as MSN Messenger which was launched in 1999.
Some Awesome Features of Windows Live Messenger
- Free to download and it was available in more than 60 nations with more than 330 million active users per month.
- Instant messaging, call and Video call was available. People could also share files via Windows Live Messenger.
- Hotmail and Windows Live Mail integration.
- MSN search was available via Messenger.
- User updated online presence. (Online, Busy..)
- Different theme for chatting in accordance with your mood.
Though it was very popular Messenger among all age groups especially, young people, Live Messenger was discontinued by Microsoft in 2013. The main reason for this decision was the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft. Users Now can access Skype with Microsoft email account. Skype is quite popular for Video call and Video conferencing. People were a little upset when they couldn’t download Hotmail Messenger, but they slowly and steadily adapted to Skype Messenger.
As Hotmail Messenger Download is not available, don’t download some random software from third party sites. You can download Skype Messenger instead of Hotmail MSN Messenger.
- Visit Skype site and download Skype from your PC/Tablet/Mobile/Console etc.
- You can either ‘Use Skype online‘ or ‘Download Skype‘. If you choose online, enter your Skype login id and password (Microsoft account login) or if your account is connected then you can log in to Skype with Facebook.
- If you select ‘Download Skype’ you will be redirected to the download page, where you will have different download options. You can download Skype for Computers, Mobiles, Tablets, Xbox, Wearables, and TVs.
- Download Skype for your device and log in with Microsoft account.
If you don’t have an account, then sign up for Microsoft account.
Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) is a discontinued instant messaging client developed by Microsoft for Windows, Xbox 360, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Java ME, S60 on Symbian OS 9.x, and Zune HD. It connected to the Microsoft Messenger service while also having compatibility with Yahoo! Messenger and Facebook Messenger. The client was first released as MSN Messenger on July 22, 1999, and was marketed under the MSN branding until 2005 when it was rebranded under Windows Live and has since been officially known by its present name, although its previous name was still used colloquially by most of its users.In June 2009, Microsoft reported the service attracted over 330 million active users each month, placing Messenger among the most widely used instant messaging clients in the world.
Following the acquisition of Skype Technologies in May 2011, Microsoft added interoperability between Skype and Microsoft accounts, allowing Skype (which had features unique to its platform and a wider user base) to communicate with Messenger contacts. In 2013, Windows Live Messenger was discontinued and Microsoft began ceasing service to existing clients. The service in China remained active for another 18 months, and ceased operations on October 31, 2014.