It’s the end of an era. Microsoft’s MSN Messenger is finally being switched off after 15 years.

Launched in 1999 it was the way to socialize before Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. With user numbers in the hundreds of millions by the mid-2000s many stopped using MSN after Microsoft bought Skype in 2012 and was phased out. Plus, as mobile texting came to prominence we found new ways to communicate.

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