29 May 07Mac Community Up In Arms Over Microsoft Move.

An outcry erupted from the Mac community today as Microsoft announced that it was discontinuing MSN for the Mac.

Disappointed Mac users across the globe vented their frustrations in blog posts, forum messages and emails.

“Huh?” said Macworld editor Jason Snell. “I thought they killed that back when they killed IE. Yeah, I’m sure of it.

“No? Huh. Well… uh…

“OK. I mean, what do you want me to say?”

Snell’s fury was equally matched by that of TidBITS’ Adam Engst.

“They canceled what now?” Engst, the author of one of the earliest books on how to get on the Internet, asked. “When did they make a Mac version of that?

“And why?

“And why are you calling me? And how did you get this number?

“And, hey, wait… they killed this back in 2005. What the…?”

The same level of furious rage could also be felt emanating from Apple, although it met the announcement with stony silence.

Except for CEO Steve Jobs who, when reached for comment, launched into a furious expletive-ridden screed.

Although that may have been over how we got his home number.

37 Responses to “Mac Community Up In Arms Over Microsoft Move.”

  1. Rip Ragged says:

    Oh now I’m pissed.


  2. Rip Ragged says:

    Can I get one and two? And put in a bunch of useless italics?

  3. Rip Ragged says:

    Uh. Oh. I didn’t close my tag right. Help me Mr. Wizard.

  4. comacnut says:

    Now Steve’s going to have to change his number.

  5. Huh? says:

    Why does everyone want to talk to me when they’re confused?
    I don’t get it…

    I’m just going to refer them to my Pants™ from now on.

  6. Ace Deuce says:

    Twenty points to each of the CARS staff for using the word “screed.” It is far superior to the hackneyed “rant.”

    And man, they really got his number! And they got him pegged too.

  7. Nxxx says:

    To my everlasting shame, I still use it.

    Death, where is thy sting?

    First one to post ‘Reforming the Police’ gets four free copies of ‘Vista for Macs’.

  8. redeyebase says:

    wow. top 10. 8th

  9. Carbonfish says:

    UMMmmmm John? I’m not picking nits or anything, but it’s equalled.


    I’m just sayin’… By the way, did you have a nice weekend?

  10. Carbonfish says:

    Oh shit! I guess in America it is equaled…


  11. Ooh! Oooh. Eleventh! Bye MSN!

  12. thelairster says:

    What was the sound quality like on the iphone?

  13. Klayman says:

    Lucky No 13th (and the first time I get less then 20. That’s something isn’t it?)

  14. Klayman says:

    PD: There’s a MSN for Mac??? Oh, the humanity….

  15. J0n says:


    Wake me when they decide to cancel MS.

    Now THAT will be news to celebrate.

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  16. nonlinearG says:

    One of my associates got a bad case of MSN. Two weeks on penicillin took care of that.

    The Dr. said he should be more careful in selecting those with which he has intimate contact.

  17. Wesley says:

    This news is from 2005! Talk about retro…

  18. Is this a rumor or is it truly what MSN says:


  19. iMac600 says:

    Yeah, it’s news from 2005 but let’s not forget what the real point is… Steve Jobs home phone number! Haha!

  20. shawk says:

    Have you seen the Microsoft TABLE.
    I’ve always wanted a 4 x 8 foot portable electronic device!
    AND it runs VISTA.
    I’ve always really, really wanted a dead 4 x 8 foot portable electronic device!

  21. UhhhDude says:

    This is a recycled article! Are we now going to have to endure “The Best of CARS” anytime John wants some time off?

    Or is John suffering from the early symptoms of AtAT disease?


  22. Please keep your over-voweled novelty exclamations inside the margin at all times.

  23. John Moltz says:

    I blame Macsurfer. They had this linked to on their main page yesterday. I also blame poltergeists and hobgoblins. There may also be a monkey in the works. A wrench in the ointment.

  24. Joe #2 says:

    You called him on his iPhone didn’t you?

    He hates that. He loves the thing to death and now it has a bad association with it.
    He’ll have to make a new one out of clay.

  25. Siva says:

    I think it’s funny that when this came out back in 05 people thought they where doing away with MSN Messenger, since that’s what most people used, not the actual MSN app which is a knock off of the AOL Portal app. Good riddance I say!

  26. blank says:

    Never blame the monkey. He hates that.

    Oh, and what’s this MSN thingie of which you rant?

  27. OMGHAX says:

    What is an Em Es En?

  28. Apathetíque says:

    Like I’m really gonna care about this.

  29. wlao says:

    Probably a town in Germany or a big river in South America.
    Don’t ask me. I was asleep during that class.

  30. phone home ? says:

    What’s the deal with the iphone delay?

  31. kingthedestroyer says:

    Really, who cares!!!

  32. mess n says:

    does the msn thing have anything to do with the iphone delay

  33. Walking Contradiction says:

    Isn’t Emesen that talentless trailer trash cracker who thinks he can rap? I think he calls himself slim something or something like that.

    As if anyone cared.

  34. Rip Ragged says:


    I think I’ll stick to kicking my furniture. Rebooting a coffee table just seems wrong.

  35. […] Crazy Apple Rumors Site hittir naglann á höfuðið í „umfjöllun“ sinni um endalok Microsoft Messenger fyrir Mac. Viðbrögðin mín eru gróflega „nú, notar hvort eð er nokkur þetta lengur?“ […]

  36. Walking Contradiction says:

    Rip Ragged had this to say:

    I think I’ll stick to kicking my furniture. Rebooting a coffee table just seems wrong.

    Not to me, because my coffee table never responds to the first kick. I have to boot it and reboot it repeatedly to get it to do anything.

    What I find amusing is the fact that M$ actually found a way to make a more useless computer. Good idea folks, build a computer that’s also a coffee table. So you can’t use the table if you want to use the computer (unless you can see through things – I guess if you only had glass stuff on it that might work) and you can’t use the computer if you want to use the table (same caveat applies here). So you go ahead and clear off the table so you can try to do something with the computer, only to have it crash with the lovely blue screen of death and become the most expensive coffee table ever produced.

    At that point I think I’d just simply throw the useless pile of trash out the freakin window.