Windows Live Messenger is an instant messaging service initially developed by Microsoft as MSN messenger around 15 years ago in 1999. This messenger service was re-branded under Windows Live in 2005 and is available in 50 different languages around the world.
Microsoft made it available for free ever since its initial release. Windows Live Messenger supported all the Windows operating systems after the XP, that includes Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8. Windows Live Messenger were compatible with both Yahoo! Messenger and Facebook Messenger while connecting to the Microsoft Messenger service. As of June 2009, Windows Live had the monthly active users of over 330 million and was regarded as one of the most widely used instant messaging clients throughout the world.
After Microsoft acquired Skype Technologies in May 2011, Skype and Microsoft accounts were made inter-operable, which allowed Skype with a unique and broad platform to communicate with Messenger contacts.
Although, Windows Live Messenger still works well with both Email account and social network account, it has gradually lost touch over the years. The last update for the messenger was made in 3/11/2013 which updated the version to 16.4.3503.0728. This raised the download count to 509,553 worldwide.
But, over the years, the popularity of the messaging service has steeply dropped, also dipping it’s rating among instant messaging clients. Microsoft has now seized customer service for the messaging service and has moved on. Once the number one choice for instant messaging, the world has moved on with it and will probably lose it’s existence in the fast growing technological world.