The Big Date – April 8th, 2013 – UPDATED, XMPP till Oct, other applications till Mar 2014

As you probably have received via e-mail prior to reading this, Microsoft has finally decided on the date its shutting down Messenger – March 15, 2013.  UPDATE: Actually they’ve decided it’ll be April 8th now to start, completing by April 30th.

Besides including the date, the verbiage of the e-mail has changed slightly from earlier announcements as it now distinctly says the “Messenger service globally”, although again excludes mainland China.

However, the small FAQ at the end of the mail distinctly says “Messenger users on desktops” and that mobile Messenger versions will continue to work for “a while”.

So although we now know the date, the exact details are still a mystery.

UPDATE: On some details have finally been posted:

We recently announced that we’ll begin to encourage Messenger users to start using Skype. As a result, the Messenger developer program will end. Existing implementations that use Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) will continue to work until October 2013. Existing implementations that use MSP will continue to work until March 2014. For support for existing XMPP implementations, please visit our  Forums page.

What’s probably most important here is that existing Messenger software (Pidgin, Adium, Bitlbee, et al) will continue to work until March 2014.  With that known, it certainly should be possible to modify the desktop clients to work until that date.


Posted on January 9, 2013, in Messenger, News. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Maria Lafontaine

    A que messenger se refieren ustedes con eso de que lo van a cerrar, cual es la razon y porque, pues pase mis contactos a skype.

  2. Well I am not installing Skype,NO WAY. It does not even work on my netbooks.

  3. Phew! By March 2014, let’s hope the folks who take all the wrong decisions at Microsoft are fired. 🙂

  4. Can’t we sign in with a Chinese IP, so MS servers “think” we live there?

    • Maybe. In the past they have just used what’s specified in your Windows Live ID/Microsoft account too, so it may be based on that. We’ll just have to see.

      However, in either case I would be concerned if I’m being monitored by the Chinese government.

  5. does this mean ebuddy wont work too? I have a friend that relies on that to talk to me. .

    • HI munyo. Microsoft is only officially blocking their own clients, clients such as eBuddy should continue to work. However, I have noticed through testing some of these non-Microsoft clients that a lot of them mimic Messenger exactly which might cause a problem without some modification on their end.

      Since eBuddy is web based and we don’t have clear technical specifics from Microsoft, I can’t tell you specifically what will happen, but eBuddy should continue to work unless eBuddy themselves choose not to fix any of the problems which might crop up.

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