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MSN Messenger: king of messaging long before WhatsApp | Digital Trends Spanish

On July 22, 1999, Microsoft launched MSN Messenger, a popular instant messaging service that turns 22 today.

This service is likely to be fondly remembered today, as it was shut down by the company in 2012, after merging all Messenger accounts with Skype accounts. Microsoft had experience with that, as it did the same for Hotmail accounts that became part of Outlook.

This tool emerged as an attempt by Microsoft to be the protagonist of the incipient chat market. Thus, the company gave relevance to the interface and aesthetics to become attractive to users.

“We had to create an elegant user interface so that people could see their friends when they went online, allowing them to change the font color in a cool way, and soon,” explains David Auerbach, a former engineer at the company of Redmond.

“I mean, we had to create a program that did everything that other chat programs could do, and then add some features of our own.”

The bet was successful. Messenger managed to seduce millions of customers who made it their favorite instant messaging service.

An important part of this was the possibility of joining the platform with the Hotmail account, which at that premature moment already had millions of users.

It also helped a lot that it could be integrated with Windows, recognized as one of the most popular operating systems in the world. In fact, at some point it was renamed Windows Messenger.

Messenger’s aesthetics are likely to be what its users remember fondly the most. The characteristic sound when one logged in, the contact list with their profile images, where the user had to look at who was available to chat and the multiple functions that the service began to incorporate made it the most popular of the time.

It also bet on innovation: it became the first instant messaging client to include emoticons, which were added to its service in 2000.

In that same year, the possibility of transferring files between computers and from the PC to the mobile phone with audio capabilities was incorporated, which was considered a breakthrough for that time.

Today all this seems normal and does not attract much attention, but for many Messenger marked their entry into the wonderful world of instant messaging. And that is never forgotten.

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