Well, maybe I’ll stop using MSN if this really goes through, that or Microsoft releases a client for linux. October 15th is the deadline.

Microsoft is changing its MSN instant messaging service to lock out users of third-party software that uses the service as well as users of older versions of Microsoft’s own Messenger client, the company says.

Users must upgrade to newer versions of MSN or Windows Messenger by October 15 or they will no longer be able to log on, says Sean Sundwall, a Microsoft spokesperson. The upgrade is required because of “security issues” with the older versions of the Messenger clients, Sundwall says, declining to specify the issues.

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