Microsoft Gives @messenger Handle to Facebook as MSN Messenger Shutting Down

Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger is shutting down from October 31st and the software company is passing its official Twitter handle to Facebook later this month for the social network’s own Messenger service. After October 31st MSN Messenger users will need to use Skype, bringing an end to 15 years of the service.


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MSN Messenger was launched back in 1999 and over the years Microsoft kept updating it with different features, including emoticons, the ability to play games with friends, a nudge feature that would shake a friends chat window etc. It competed with Yahoo messenger and GTalk for a long time, until the new-age mobile messengers took over all of them.

Recently, in July, Facebook had rolled out its standalone messenger app and also plans to stop the messaging feature in its main iOS and Android apps. It offers a better experience with more ways of keeping in touch with your friends via voice messages, video, and stickers. The company had already pushed messenger in Europe and plans to roll out it to the everyone after seeing positive results.


Messenger is 20 percent  faster than the currently available messaging apps on the Facebook.

Apart from this, Microsoft is also planning to set up its first cloud data centre in India, as according to Gartner, public cloud services market in India is expected to grow from USD 423 million in 2013 to USD 1.3 billion in 2017. Last month, according to a report by Synergy Research Group, Microsoft and IBM are growing faster than Amazon Web Services, with 164 percent and 86 percent revenue growth rates over the past year.

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In January this year, Microsoft in collaboration with 10 prime engineering institutes of India has launched Academia Accelerator.