Nokia Chat made its debut on Symbian-based Nokia devices back in 2008. Its aim was simple; to bring a PC-like instant messaging experience to the phone. Nokia was committed to mobile instant messaging before it was cool, and has since brought the service over as a Beta to Windows Phone.
While it was popular is some developing countries, the service was quickly overshadowed by the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook but has still lingered on, prompting Microsoft to stop investing in it. The software giant has announced that Nokia Chat will go offline come January 15, 2015.
Whether its cancelation comes as a result of low usage numbers, or worsening ties between Microsoft and Yahoo (which powers Nokia Chat and Mail) we’re not quite sure, but Microsoft seems adamant on focusing all its attention on Skype, which offers instant messaging as well as video and voice call services.
In a MSDN blog post, Microsoft warns current Nokia Chat Beta users that after January 15, users will no longer be able to sign in, message contacts, or access past conversations. So users should start making arrangements to switch to other services.Further reading: Instant Messaging, Microsoft, Nokia