(Yicai Global) Sept. 22 – Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. [HKG:0700] will stop operating Tencent Messenger, one of the earliest derivative versions of its vastly-popular instant messaging software QQ, on Sept. 30, the company said in a press briefing on Sept. 21.
Users will be unable to log on to the messaging platform, which is mainly used for business and hasn't been maintained by Tencent since 2013, after the end of the month.
The company will end the outdated platform in order to provide QQ users with a better service and avoid compatibility issues associated with older versions. Users can download QQ and Tencent Instant Messenger, a more recent messaging platform designed for business use, from its official website.
Tencent Messenger only provides users with very basic communication functions, but its concise design was popular among users.