The early years In 1999, MSN was launched by Microsoft to rival AOL's Aim service.
It began life as a plain text messaging service, with a manageable contact list.
Like most teenagers growing up in the late 90s / early 00s, MSN Messenger made me realize that there was more to life than having to talk face to face.
Maybe you didn't want to go to that party, for example, so you could just send your friend a message with some poor excuse about homework.
Microsoft announced on 29 August, that it will be switching off its Chinese MSN service, which brings an end to 15 years of an instant messaging platform that changed the way humans communicate across the globe.
Chatroom closure: child safety issues But there was a setback in 2003, when MSN closed its chat room services in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and in most of Asia, citing issues of child safety as the reason behind the closure, although some criticized the move, arguing the reasons behind it were actually economical.Research from the Cyberspace Research Center, revealed at the time, that one in five children aged 9 to 16 regularly used chat rooms, with more than half having engaged in sex chat.By 31 October 2014, however, all users of the old service will be transferred to Skype.Here are some of the biggest headlines from MSN's short but dare we say it, important contribution to instant messaging.
Or maybe you just wanted to sit up in front of a desktop computer until 3.00am, discussing the wrongs and rights of the world through a series of awkward 'lols,' 'brbs' and emoticons.You could even declare your undying love for someone behind the safe smokescreen of your computer by just typing it, which let's be honest, is much, much easier.