The Evolution of MSN Messenger and Other Instant Messenger Services

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					2010 will see an incredible increase in the number of people across the world who are
using MSN Messenger to communicate with their friends and family. When we look
back at time its amazing to see the development of communication over the last 20

During the 1990s much of global communication was based on the landline based
telephone, faxes and telephone faxes. The early 1990s then saw the emergence of
cellular phones and the internet. During the early 1990s the web browsers at the time
which were Netscape Navigator, Mosaic and then as time progressed we saw the
emergence of Microsoft's Internet Explorer (the developers of MSN Messenger) and
today we see the emergence of Mozilla Firefox.

However the rise of instant messaging as a means to communicate with each other has
been an incredible development within the communication evolutionary process.
Today we have MSN Messenger now called Windows Live Messenger, Skype
Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Messenger also known as AIM instant Messenger,
ICQ Messenger and Google Talk. All of these are now constantly being used by
millions of people of all ages across the world.

The development of instant messengers has further been fuelled by the rise of fourth
generation mobile phones such as Blackberry Messenger, the Google Android Phone
and the Apple iPhone. Such mobile phone further allow instant messaging to follow
people even when they are on the move. This means people are no longer limited to
even having to have a PC to use instant messaging, opening up instant messenger
services to the millions of people in countries where access to computers is limited by
ones financial means.

Another massive benefit of instant messaging is that some messengers such as Skype
Messenger give the ability to actually not only send text messages over the internet
but it also allows people to talk to each over a Voice over IP Network and see each
other as well. This gives Skype a significant advantage over the likes of Yahoo
Messenger, MSN Messenger and AIM Messenger because the ability for people to see
each other means that companies can rely on Skype rather than expensive video
conferencing and web conferencing technology.

Despite the increase of instant messenger services MSN Live Messenger is still by far
the dominant player in the market followed by Yahoo Messenger. MSN Messenger
has fuelled its drive by rebranding itself as Live Messenger or Windows Live
Messenger. AIM Messenger, ICQ Messenger and Google Talk are the further behind
in the pack but still also have their loyal following.

What can we expect for 2012 and beyond. It is hard to see what other advancements
can take place to further expand instant messenger services but clearly one of the most
talked about technologies now is the types of virtual technologies we see in movies
like Minority Report.

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