Pidgin and the End of Windows Live Messenger

Mark Doliner mark at
Thu Jan 10 12:09:00 EST 2013

On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 7:02 AM, Duncan Berriman <duncan at> wrote:
> Existing implementations that use Extensible Messaging and Presence
> Protocol (XMPP) will continue to work until October 2013. Existing implementations
> that use MSP will continue to work until March 2014.
> So does that mean pidgin will work until at least October (via WLM)?

Pidgin actually uses MSP to connect, not XMPP, so yes, the message
"Important update from Microsoft" at is encouraging and with luck
Pidgin will work until March 2014.  But we're also not exactly
"official" and it wouldn't surprise me if our access broke before

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