Microsoft to drop MSN client for Mac OS X

Microsoft announced today on its web site that it plans to drop support for the Mac OS X client for MSN services. The company will stop supporting the Mac client, after May the 31st.

After May 31, 2005, customers will no longer access MSN service by using the MSN for Mac OS X Internet Software. Instead of accessing MSN services using the MSN for Mac OS X internet software, customers will access MSN services and features with their preferred browser and by setting up a My MSN page as a portal to their favorite online destinations.

If you are a current MSN subscriber and you use MSN for Mac Internet Software, you will maintain your current e-mail address and still have access to your e-mail, contacts, calendar, and most other MSN services through MSN Hotmail and your My MSN page. To create, customize or view your current My MSN page, go to my.msn.com.

Future updates to MSN services for customers on the Mac will be handled by the MSN team.

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MacDailyNews Take: Does anyone care? If so, why? Really, we want to know. Mac OS X users who are also MSN subscribers, we’d love to hear from you.

44 Comments

  1. Ok.

    First post.

    I am gonna say what should be said.

    iSight and iChat AV should be cross platform. I was hoping that rev c iSight would be with an Apple published iChatAV for Windows. Maybe it is iSight 2 or something next, but Apple NEEDS to do this.

    This product should be USB 2.0 and Apple will revolutionize communiaations as we know it . Why is Apple being so slow with this? iSight could be like the next iPod if done right. (Add iPod and iSight for pictures and movie making.)

    Maybe this is why Microsoft is abandoning this product. This product also comes with MS Office. Perhaps we will see a change in this product too.

    OKOKOK I am rambling….but what do you think?

    Johnny Minneosta

  2. I’m a switcher who has been on MSN for a long time. MSN service is included with Verizon DSL. I have an established email address there and used the MSN client software for the parental controls available. The fact that the MSN software was available for the Mac was one of the reasons I didnt have a problem switching. AOL for Mac is another crippled service and the only other way I know to be able to have good and accountable parental controls on the Mac. Yippee, I guess there are a few of us.

  3. Quoting: HossBud
    “”I’m a switcher who has been on MSN for a long time. MSN service is included with Verizon DSL. I have an established email address there and used the MSN client software for the parental controls available. The fact that the MSN software was available for the Mac was one of the reasons I didnt have a problem switching. AOL for Mac is another crippled service and the only other way I know to be able to have good and accountable parental controls on the Mac. Yippee, I guess there are a few of us.””

    Hello, Parental control starts and ends with the parent. If you rely on your ISP for any of it you are being silly.

  4. MSN hasn’t EVER supported Mac properly. Go to the MSNBC web site and try to play an NBC video feed. If you are using anything other than Windoze and IE you will be blocked. How’s that for arrogance?

  5. No more Mac support from Micro$haft ??

    This news really breaks my heart !!…

    One of the reasons for being a Mac head is the “Freedom” that comes from using the Macintosh platform…

    The freedom from pop-ups …(those who whine about the ones here should read the many posts concerning how to avoid them)… the freedom from virii… adware–trojans and all other malware…

    But mostly… the most important freedom which comes from using the Mac platform… is the freedom you get from NOT being forced to run any bloatware/ crapware from Redmond !!

    Those who switched and still maintain all their ties to MSN are like junkies on Methadon ….. It must be really difficult to cut the umbilicle cord..isnt it ??

    Tell you what… once you do… it will be like the whole world has been lifted off your shoulders…

    Cut the fskin cord !! …. You’ll feel better for it… really, you will !

  6. I just switched my brother – he picked up a 14″ iBook, 17″ iMac, Airport Extreme, dot MAC and an iSight – and he has that junk mentioned in the above article. Of course he is having so many problems with it that he is constantly on a three-way with me Apple and MSN. He has yet to realize that the problem is squarely in the hands of MSN. As soon as he gets his dsl up and running – which by the way I was against, its been a month with ma bell in NYC, I say go with cable – he will stop with the dial-up. Wish me luck in smoothing out his transition over to best OS in the galaxy!

  7. Crickets? To be honest, to keep in touch with my friends, I need to use MSN messenger for OS X. It’s a sad thing to admit, I know…

    Living in Canada, and in a monoculture of greedy oil capitalists and software idiots, there are many teenagers (myself included) that use MSN. Only problem is, many of these kids only know of MSN, and not AOL, or whatever. I have embraced the power of iChat and the like, but getting these ignorant kids to use something like that (much less use a Mac) is a lost cause.

    So for me, I’m sorta pissed… wait – really pissed. One major thing that I’ve told my friends who have considered the switch is that they can use MSN for OS X. And now? What are they gonna say? I know you guys/gals might throw around that the OS X version of MSN is a kick in the teeth (I heartily agree), but for some, this just might be the balance of a Switcher. Sorry, but this is true… sadly.

    I prefer iChat, but since none of my friends use it, what’s the point? If I ever needed a reason to hate M$ again, this is the shocker. I know many, if not all will feel different, but I am seriously pissed…

  8. I’m not going to bother to read the article, because I know someone will correct me if I’m wrong, but this is about Microsoft as an ISP, not about Microsoft Messenger, right? From the snippet above, it seems that Messenger will go on, just not mixed in with dial-up service provided by MSN.

    So, if you can still use Messenger, and access your MSN email through Hotmail, what are you losing? A crappy dial-up service? Hell, even my DAD has a cable modem now, and he’s still uses a computer that has Win98! (and no, he doesn’t use it to access the internet; he uses his G3 iMac for that…

  9. Dark Side

    The problem with most who only “know” MSN is just that…. They think that MSN is the only thing in the universe….

    The solution is easy….

    Try using your favorite search engine..(google ?) …and search for alternatives !!….. Yep… in just a few short minutes you will find many IM clients “out there” that are compatible with MSN–AO-Hell — Yahoo… whatever….

    Not only that…. but you’ll find IM Clients for most all OSs !!

    You might even amaze yourself in the process, too !!

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