Microsoft Is Officially Killing MSN Messenger Once and For All

Ever since Microsoft acquired Skype, it's been slowly but surely pushing those last MSN/Windows Live Messenger clingers-on into its brave new, Skype-based world. And now China, the last MSN Messenger stronghold, is finally getting the boot, ending the messaging service's 15 year run once and for all.

The shift happened in the US just over a year ago, although most of us probably haven't used the chat client since the early aughts, when it was still going head-to-head with the now similarly fizzling out AOL Instant Messenger.

But if you live in China and have yet to let go, you'll have until October 31st to Windows-Live-message your heart out. [The Verge]