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Microsoft MSN Messenger stops functioning from today

One of the earliest chatting tools in the internet, Microsoft MSN messenger will stop its service from June 30. But an alternate service will be available at IM in the Windows Live Hotmail.

The new web-based IM from Hotmail allows users to chat from their Hotmail inbox or contact list, instead of going to MSN Web Messenger.

Before the product was renamed Windows Live Messenger, it was known as "MSN Messenger Service" from 1999 to 2001 and "MSN Messenger" from 2001 to 2005. During that time, Microsoft released seven major versions.

As part of Microsoft's Windows Live effort, which rebranded many existing MSN services and programs, MSN Messenger was renamed "Windows Live Messenger" beginning with version 8.0.

Over 330 million users chat using Messenger every month.

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