March 15: Last day for Windows Live Messenger

Posted by absorbation on Tue 05 Feb 2013 (22:36 GMT) (379152 views)

A sad day indeed for Messenger fans: Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger is ready to host its retirement party this March 15th.

Microsoft have begun emailing its 100+ million users, notifying them to switch over to Skype, which it acquired in 2010. Those of you who currently use Windows Live Messenger will still be able to chat to your Messenger friends, but now, only by using Skype.

Users in mainland China will be able to use Windows Live Messenger for the foreseeable future.

The move is widely seen as a positive step by Microsoft, who have attempted to make VoIP calls over mobile more ubiquitous, making Messenger seem outdated. It is also true development of the classic IM client has been non-existent over the past couple of years.

We at Messenger Stuff, will of course, miss you Messenger. Expect our last post close to the big day.

Windows Live Messenger to be retired by March 2013

Posted by absorbation on Wed 07 Nov 2012 (15:14 GMT) (337896 views)
It's the end of an era for MSN/ Windows Live Messenger with Microsoft announcing the service will be discontinued by March 2013 in favour of its acquisition of Skype. The Inside Windows Live blog stated:

More than 12 years ago we released the first version of Messenger to help people chat and keep in touch online in a more personal way. One of the unique things about IM and Messenger in particular is that it has always been about the network of people far more than any one “app.” Almost every one of us joined the Messenger network to be with the people who were on the network – to chat, share stories, laugh, gossip, and just be together. Messenger enabled each of us to communicate and share with the people we care about.

Today, we’ve announced on the Skype blog that we are now encouraging all Messenger users to update by downloading the latest version of Skype. In the coming months, we will retire the Messenger apps for all regions worldwide except for mainland China.

Many of us use and love Messenger today – but it’s always been about the people that make up Messenger – not the app itself. We’re confident that Skype provides a better experience and even stronger network – today and even more so in the future, especially with the addition of the Messenger network.

Expect a good bye post from Messenger Stuff during the last few weeks of Messenger.

Update for Windows Live Essentials Wave 4

Posted by mynetx on Sat 09 Jul 2011 (17:19 GMT) (568671 views)
The Windows Live team is publishing a bugfix update for Windows Live Essentials 2011 (Wave 4). The quick fix update, rolling out in two stages, fixes several problems in Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail and other applications.

Arthur de Haan, Windows Live Test and Service Engineering, summarizes the changes:
  • Mail: We fixed a sorting issue in the Sent items folder and improved the upload reliability and instrumentation in Photo mail.
  • Messenger: We fixed a couple of stability issues and made various changes for improved voice and video quality. We fixed an issue that was causing sound to be lost after upgrading, and we improved performance when displaying the MSN Today page in the main window.
  • Photo Gallery: We implemented various bug fixes for crashes related to launching Photo Gallery through Autoplay and facial recognition.
  • And more: We made many other usability, performance, and stability improvements across the suite of Windows Live Essentials apps.
Download the Windows Live Essentials Wave 4 QFE2 update now.