The Evolution of Windows Messenger and Other Instant Messenger Services

2010 will see an accelerated rise in the number of people across both the developed and developing nations who are using Windows Live Messenger to connect with their friends and family. When we look back at the hand of history its amazing to see the development of communication over the last 20 years.

During the 1990s much of global communication was based on the landline based telephone, faxes and telephone faxes. The early 1990s then saw the rapid rise of consumer mobile phones and internet access. 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 increase of instant messenger services 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 cell phones advancements further allow instant messaging to track people even when they are mobile. 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. The gives Skype a significant first mover advantage over the likes of MSN Live Messenger, Yahoo Instant Messener (YIM) and AOL Messenger because the ability for people to see who they are talking to means that companies can rely on Downloading Skype Messenger rather than expensive video conferencing and web conferencing technology.

Despite the increased competition of instant messenger services, Windows Live Messenger is still by far the dominant messenger service in the world followed by Yahoo Instant 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 2010 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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