On March 15th 2013, Microsoft are retiring MSN Messenger, and replacing it with Skype. This makes me very sad for numerous reasons:
I for one will be very upset the day MSN Messenger blips it's last. I got to know, and fell in love with, my husband on MSN Messenger. It kept us in touch when he was away at University for three years. It keeps us in touch now when he works night shifts. I'm attached to it. More nights than I can count I've sat up into the early hours (so early I got my internet cut off (well, my parents took the cable away) at one point), waiting for that little beep and another message.
I like creating my own emoticons. As far as I know, you cannot do this on Skype. I will lose my smiley in a Mickey ears hat. My bunnies, my smileys that all have certain meanings to certain people. This makes me sad.
Also, you can't (as far as I know) change the beeps. I like my MSN beeps. Before that, I liked the fact that I could change the beeps, and had an entirely Sean Bean-ed MSN (did you know there are sound clips of him shouting "SARAH!" which are short enough to be used for message alert tones? Well, now you do. You're welcome). I hate the stupid yawn noise Skype makes when it closes. And the creaky door noise. I hate all of the noises.
I can't use Skype on my phone. Obviously all the techno-geeks and iGeeks and whatever will say "That's because you have a crappy BlackBerry", but I love my BlackBerry, so screw you. It is, however, immensely annoying that I will be without MSN on my phone, even though I hardly use it any more. But, if you can get Apple Touch messenger for BlackBerry, surely Skype can lower itself to making an app.
MSN, you will be missed. (K)