Microsoft Shuts Down Instant Messaging Service

Microsoft will close its instant messaging service after 15 years.

The company decided it will cut off its service in China on Oct. 31, after it stopped the service for all countries except China in April 2013. The service will be replaced by Skype.

First launched in 1999, the MSN messenger service changed its name to Windows Live Messenger in 2005. As of December 2012, the service had about 330 million subscribers worldwide and 890,000 here.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 01, 2014 09:52 KST