With Microsoft shutting down the doors to MSN Messenger and inviting its users to move over to Skype, the BBC has this obituary for yet another historic piece of software going to the big recycle bin in the sky.
It touched the lives of millions of teenagers who, in an age before real social networking, were just getting accustomed to what it was like to live on the internet.
MSN Messenger heralded a new era: a time when chatting up a classmate no longer meant the terrifying prospect of actually having to say something to them.
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