15 years of MSN Messenger
- MSN Messenger started off life as a basic instant messenger without much bloat and just text communications.
- Microsoft gradually started improving Messenger with calling capabilities for Windows XP users.
- Video and audio calling was a big step for Messenger as Skype started to get popular (image credit: Winsupersite).
- Microsoft added games like tic-tac-toe and Minesweeper to keep people always inside Messenger.
- Winks were the most annoying feature of Messenger, with huge animated emoticons.
- The many emoticons of MSN Messenger from back in the day (image credit: Ggftw).
- Microsoft also added banner ads to Messenger, but apps like Messenger+ allowed you to remove them at the time (image credit: Taringa).
- Windows Live Messenger ended with a social view option far different from its original interface (image credit: Congthinh).