End of Windows Live Messenger

On November 6, 2012 Microsoft has announced that Windows Live Messenger will be retired on March 15, 2013. But recent email form Windows Live Messenger team indicate that retired date was extended to April 8 th 2013, to give user more to upgrade to Skype.

MSNWindows Live Messenger, some may remember this as MSN Messenger from Microsoft; first released on July 22, 1988. MSN Messenger had evolved over the time, from simple plane text messenger to complex audio/video messenger. It started with simple contact list and extended to support multiple groups of contacts. In 2006 MSN Messenger was renamed as Windows Live Messenger and loaded with many options to customize the look. The last version of Windows Live Messenger has capability to connect with Facebook, which allows Live Messenger user to chat with Facebook users (friends).

SkypeSkype, first released in August 2003 as peer-to-peer messenger. As technology advances Skype has changed its functionality and became one of the top Voice over IP (VoIP) provider. Skype also famous for its video conference, file transfer and cheap international calls. At the end of year 2010, Skype has 663 million registered users. Skype provides video chat for Facebook users, so integration of Facebook status updates, walls and comments are possible within Skype messenger.

WinLiveMess_SkypeMicrosoft acquired Skype in May 2011. As all the features of Windows Live Messenger exist in Skype and moreover Skype was more popular than Live Messenger, So Microsoft announced to retired Windows Live Messenger and migrate all users to Skype. The process of migrating will start on April 8, 2013 and expected to complete by April 30, 2013. End of April maybe, the end of Windows Live Messenger.

India v Pakistan World Cup 2011

The celebrations begin after the victory. © AFP

Cricket is no more a game of two teams or 30 players, It is a Game of Millions of people. You will learn this if you have witnessed the game between India and Pakistan on 30 March 2011. Cricket is most viewed and played game in the sub-continent. India v Pakistan 2nd semi-final of World Cup 2011 was played at Mohali, Chandigarh. Match between these two Nations draw attention among all Cricket fans around globe.

Jubilant scenes on an Ahmedabad street after India's victory, Ahmedabad, March 30, 2011. © Associated Press

Sachin Tendulkar got to a fifty off 67 balls. © AFP

As time pasts 2 pm, both captains stands for toss in the center of the ground. India won the toss and chose to bat. V Sehwag and SR Tendulkar opens Indian bating lineup and made a partnership of 48 runs in 5.5 overs. Gambhir was paired with Tendulkar after Sehwag. Gambhir was stamp out at 18.5 over of Mohammad Hafeez. Later on except Dhoni and SK Raina non of them scored about 25 runs. Sachin played 115 balls, scored 85 runs and gave catch to Shahid Afridi in Saeed Ajmal’s blowing. At the end 50 overs with contribution of Raina India put a total of 260/9 and gave target of 261.

Contrasting emotions from Harbhajan Singh after the former's dismissal. © AFP

Pakistan started with Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez, lost Kamran at 8.6 over at a total of 44. Indian blowers Z Khan, A Nehra, MM Patel, Harbhajan Sing, Yuvraj Sing did a very good and best job in restricting Pakistan batsmen with cooperation of best fielding form other team members. Misbah-ul-Haq scored 56 runs from 76 balls was the high total in Pakistan. Pakistan scored a total of 231/All Out in 49.5 overs.

India won the match by 29 runs. With confirmation of win Nation wide celebrations were started.Sky is the limit for celebrations among Indians. Man of the match was given to Sachin Tendulkar. By wining this match India will play with Sri Lanka in World Cup 2011 Final.

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates India's win. © Associated Press

Visually impaired women in Ahmedabad tune into the radio commentary for the India-Pakistan semi-final. © AFP