Back in November, Microsoft confirmed that Skype will replace Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available). In order to focus the development efforts and create seamless experiences, Microsoft decided to do end Messenger service. Today, Microsoft sent out notifications to Messenger users in China that they will be closing down the service on October 31st. Users are recommended to migrate to Skype service and Microsoft is also offering 60 minutes of free calls to mobile and fixed lines globally to all these new users. Once you update to Skype, here are some of the other great features Messenger users can expect: • Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets • Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place • Sharing screens • Video calling ...

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Back in the late 90’s, Instant Messaging was a big thing in the internet. AOL’s AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo, and ICQ were the big players in the market. In 1997, Microsoft acquired Hotmail, one of the most popular e-mail service. By seeing the popularity of the instant messengers, Microsoft decided to enter the market with MSN Messenger by allowing every Hotmail user be able to log on to Messenger with a Hotmail address and password as seamlessly as possible. Along with that plan, Microsoft decided to include AIM log-in option to allow millions of users to instantly connect with each other. Obviously, AOL didn’t allow Microsoft to get access to their system and Microsoft decided to break through it. Microsoft decided to reverse engineer AOL’s chat protocol and implemented the integration. A developer at MSN Messenger at that time has now shared his work on how everyday they used to decode AOL’s protocol ...

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