16 October 2008

Microsoft Gives Up on MSN

Yea :( Microsoft is giving up on MSN group and will hand it over to Multiply. This is very odd for me (also for lots of people) because as far as I know, Microsoft is very ambitious in buying, not selling (remember when they tried to buy Yahoo?). In addition why would Microsoft abandon a sizable amount of users to an entirely unrelated social network?!

Even though I don’t believe entirely, but this confirmation is already confirmed by techcrunch.com, and here you can find the quote of Microsoft explanation why they will shutdown their MSN service

The natural question to ask in this situation is why we are closing MSN Groups. It is our goal to provide our customers with the most current and user friendly technology available today. We made the difficult decision to close the MSN Groups service as part of an overall investment in updating and re-aligning our online services with Windows Live. In the long term we believe that closing the service is the best way to continue to offer innovative, best of breed services that help you stay in touch with the people you care about. It’s very important to us that you keep the data you created using MSN Groups and that is why we have partnered with Multiply, so you can keep your group going into the future despite the closure of MSN Groups.

This confirmation is taken by techcrunch.com from confirmation post on a blog by Multiply and Microsoft. Microsoft said they planning to release a new service called Windows Live Groups in November, and apparently doesn’t want to compete with itself. Oddly enough, Microsoft has chosen not to allow groups to transition between the two services, and instead is going to offer a migration tool that will allow users to take groups over to Multiply.

And below, you also can find another statement by Microsoft representatives taken from news.cnet.com

It is true that we are planning to close the MSN Groups service on February 21, 2009 and will offer you the opportunity to move your group to our new partner service, Multiply. We understand the importance of keeping your group together, so we partnered with Multiply to create a migration process that moves your group to their service to preserve your online community and its history.

The Microsoft post also states that users will have until February 21, 2009 to migrate their groups over to Multiply, after which point the site will cease to exist. It'll be replaced with a new service, Windows Live Groups, which debuts on November 17.

Whatever Microsoft’s intentions, Multiply is sure to be happy with the deal, as it has just been handed millions of new users ^^ How about you? Do you believe on this news?

1. www.techcrunch.com
2. news.cnet.com


Fransiska Ike said...

...what the...?

I just hope all of my contacts won't vanish after migration.

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