With new web-based instant messaging (IM) now available from Windows Live Hotmail worldwide, Microsoft is preparing to retire MSN Web Messenger. The old MSN Web Messenger experience will end on June 30, 2009.
With Hotmail’s new web-based IM, you can chat from your Hotmail inbox or contact list, instead of going to MSN Web Messenger. Go directly to the Windows Live People page, also known as “your contact list”, and sign into Messenger (orange arrow in the picture below) to continue instant messaging on the web with your Messenger friends.
“Instant messaging from Hotmail makes it easier to communicate and share in new ways in comparison to MSN Web Messenger. For example, our integration with the suite of other Windows Live services allows you to see when your Messenger friends are online while reading an e-mail and immediately start a chat to clarify something in your friend’s e-mail message. “