Microsoft has at last closed down its historic messenger service, Windows Live Messenger also known as MSN Messenger.
Launched way back in 1999, the service played an important role in building relationships and social networking among common man. At its peak, the site was catering over 300 million visitors a day.
One of such story, which The News Tribe has received from a US man who fell in love with a British national girl and both of them got married just because of MSN messenger, is as follow: Ryan Von Rosenberg writes
“My wife and I started and maintained our relationship on MSN messenger. We met on DeviantART and used MSN messenger to talk. She lived in the UK and I lived in the US, over time we fell in love and finally were able to meet. Again, MSN messenger helped us communicate how we would meet, even while using the phone MSN messenger allowed us to plan more easily as neither of us did phone calls well…
We met twice, I went there for a month and a half and came back, again, MSN messenger was there for us, helping us maintain our relationship without paying stupid fees for phone calls… A good year later she came to the US for 6 months, halfway into the stay I asked her to marry me and she said yes. And then as the government requires foreign fiances to get a fiance visa while living in THEIR country she had to leave again, we were separated again, and once again MSN
messenger was there.
We prepared wedding details and such through MSN messenger while she was gone, we did use the phone, but again, MSN messenger was preferred… Then we were finally together, married, to be together forever, and we are. We’re happy… And we still go to separate rooms to relive those days of long distance, chatting with each other on MSN. Or Live Messenger as we call it now… We still use it. So what are we losing?
My wife and I are losing the place we cultivated our love. We still have the message logs, the memories, the custom emoticons we always used to use. What would we lose going to Skype? The freedom of sharing links easily, just within the window, the fantastic custom emoticons we use every time we chat, and the sentimental value of somehere we used to spend eight hours a day together before we finally got to meet…
So why am I posting this here? I’ll be honest, I’ve no idea. I guess a form of eulogy to somewhere I spent so many hours every single day for a good 8 years of my life.
We’re migrating to QQ Messenger as it’s very similar to how MSN used to be.”
This is just an example. MSN had played an important in building human relationship and in bringing people close So irrespective of boundaries and geography.
Microsoft has asked MSN users to switch to Skype, a company, that it had bought at a hefty amount of $ 8.5 billion in 2011. The transition took almost half an year though millions were still willing to use their beloved MSN messenger.
What’s your opinion?