MSN groups were decommissioned as part of the dismantling of the services side of MSN.
Windows Live Groups were integrated into Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Spaces and do not have the capacity to accommodate the large memberships of MSN groups.
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MSN Groups Chat rooms were removed from the CMS because MSN Subscription Chat was no longer profitable, and because of security and safety issues for children.
In October 2008, Microsoft announced the MSN Groups Service would close down on February 21, 2009.
They were not easily updatable as only MSN Communities staff members could update the one page that each "community" had. Around 1998–99, MSN created the home pages, which were real Web sites much like Tripod or Geo Cities.
These had no message boards or chat rooms attached.MSN Groups was a website part of the MSN network which hosted online communities, and which contained Web pages, hosted images, and contained a message board.MSN Groups was shut down on February 21, 2009 as part of a migration of online applications and services to the Windows Live brand.MSN Groups would not become Windows Live Groups, as the tools that could be possibly utilized differed from that of the MSN Groups features.Windows Live Groups were not being launched as or marketed as a replacement for MSN Groups.Users would still be able to retain their information even with the closure.