Once again, Microsoft played its little “breaking up and starting over” game with the announcement in last week of replacing Windows Live Messenger service – which replaced its predecessor MSN Messenger in 2006 – by Skype globally from 2013 on, with only one exception.

Yes, China would be that exception. Microsoft said that the Middle Kingdom is not included in the scheme of integrating Skype and Live Messenger. Over here, people could still use MSN to communicate though it didn’t say how sustainable that would be.

Microsoft disclosed that MSN’s active users are less than 100 million, far lagged behind skype’s 280 million. Could be one of the reasons to overkill the business.

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Chelsea Dong

She reads, travels, photographs and writes, with interests in chronicling China tech scene and interpreting how technology disrupts the way people live.