Groups feature disappears
Over the past week the persistent groups feature in Messenger has completely disappeared. If you had existing groups loaded in Windows Live Messenger or Butterfly Messenger, they will now appear as offline. Additionally, if you delete your locally stored cache of contacts or sign in somewhere you haven’t signed in before, you will see that any existing groups simply no longer exist.
Back on the server side of Messenger, if you attempt to access the groups or create another one, the service will reply with the error message “Circle no longer supported”. (Circles is the original name of the groups feature.)
Why this finally disappeared now is unclear, as the underlying groups feature in OneDrive had its demise back on October 16th and you haven’t been able to reliably create new groups in a while.
Additionally, this seems to be the end of group messaging on Messenger, as the alternative of adding people into conversations hasn’t been working since June of last year.
I’m thinking of making of a relay bot to get group messaging working again in some way, would anyone be interested in that?