Microsoft’s Messenger service to live on

Live Messenger is going away, but the Messenger service is sticking around.

(Credit: Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)

Microsoft Messenger service will survive despite the imminent death of the Live Messenger client.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it would withdraw its Live Messenger client on March 15, forcing users to move to Skype for instant messaging needs. Since the purchase of Skype in 2011, Microsoft has continually set the VoIP service, which now supports logins account and integrates with Microsoft Outlook.
However, the messaging service that supports Live Messenger is not going away, at least not in the short term, according to the Blog site ArsTechnica.
Messenger uses two network protocols that allow third-party applications to use their service. One of them is a Microsoft proprietary protocol called MSP, the other an open protocol called XMPP, the company said in December 2011.
XMPP support Microsoft kept alive until October this year, while its own protocol MSP will not turn off until March 2014, ArsTechnica explained.
With the longest contract life, applications that are based on the Messenger will continue to function normally and have most of this year to switch to a different service. This includes not only the third-party software, but Microsoft’s own Windows Phone and Xbox devices, since both use the Messenger service.


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