how to kill msn instant messenger?
I suspect microsoft will eventually stop making much money from operating systems and will move to lock-in using webservices as a main revenue source instead.
An obvious service where lock-in is beginning to happen is their instant messenging software. Lots of people have msn accounts because that is the only way to send their friends instant messenges, almost only those who care enough about software freedom have accounts with different providers too (various jabber servers, yahoo, icq...). It's almost as much a near-monopoly as windows is.
Yes, you can connect to msn messenger users by using multi-network clients such as pidgin, but the experience is quite like running windows apps with wine: for simple things it works fine, for more advanced features it doesn't.
My question is: what can we do to make our friends stop using msn instant messenger, and use jabber instead? Just stopping using it ourselves doesn't work, our friends will say "too bad, but I'm not going to install extra software just to be able to talk to one person", and telling them about lock in will only show they are already locked in ("can't stop using it because all my friends use it too").