Customers will now be able to restore lost or deleted contacts from Windows Live Contacts page instead of contacting support.
Please note, contacts that were deleted over 30 days ago cannot be restored.
“We bring a change like this only after thoughtful consideration.
In this case, we are confident that you will love the benefits and performance of the new ”is Microsoft’s latest branding for the US firm’s email hosting service, the equivalent to Google’s Gmail and Apple’s i Cloud.
Although Microsoft have said that Messenger has been discontinued starting March of 2013, it is widely believed that the Messenger service itself won’t be completely switched off until around spring 2014.
So if you’re a lover of Messenger and don’t care much for Skype, you still potentially have up until that time to continue using the Messenger service.
Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Outlook, Javier Soltero explains: “To provide you an email experience with enhanced performance, security and reliability, the new has been built upon our latest Office 365 infrastructure.“Because the Windows Live Mail 2012 email application doesn’t support the protocols used by this new infrastructure, you will not be able to send or receive email from Windows Live Mail 2012 after your account is upgraded.“This means the time has come for you to upgrade to a new email application.“We recognise that changes like this can be difficult and apologise for any inconvenience this causes you.
Before the product was renamed Windows Live Messenger, it was named "MSN Messenger" from 1999 to 2006.
During that time, Microsoft released seven major versions as follows.
Contacts that were synchronized from Facebook or other third-party services will not be available in the list of contacts to restore.
Simply re-synch the contact from the third party service to restore the contact to your list in Windows Live.