聯合翻譯 引用自 http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/lang/archives/2014/09/16/2003599786

 

Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15-year-old service.

Originally known as MSN Messenger, it was launched in 1999 but was switched off for most users last year, after Microsoft bought rival Skype. Users in China continued to use the old service but will now be transferred to Skype by Oct. 31.

Windows Live still had as many as 330 million users as recently as 2009. But those numbers later declined, while users of Skype rose to nearly 300 million by 2012.

The service came to China in 2005, but later faced stiff competition from domestic rivals such as QQ messenger, built by Chinese firm Tencent.

A number of Chinese Windows Live users received emails from Microsoft, Chinese newspapers reported, informing them of the planned closure.

The e-mails told users they would get free Skype credit when they migrated over to the new service, the newspaper said.

 

聯合翻譯 引用自 http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/lang/archives/2014/09/16/2003599786

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