Microsoft: To Shut Down Service “Vine”

News has come in, that Microsoft are now shutting down their private beta service “Vine”. The service which was built to help friends and family stay in touch during an emergency will be shutting down on October 11, 2010. Vine has been available to users since its release in April 2009 and up until now has proved itself.

When Michael Arrington at TechCrunch reported on this, the service up until now had been named the “Twitter for Emergencies”. It was developed with the idea of keeping friends and family in touch with each other in times of emergency, when all other methods had failed. A screen allowed the person to view the location with maps of their loved one as well as the facility of alerts for that person. This could be for example, a communication breakdown on a mobile phone. Vine could be used via a desktop client, text message or email.

An email from Microsoft was sent out to its users announcing the shutdown of the service. It said, “Subject: Important Notice: Microsoft Vine beta service will be available only until October 11, 2010”. It then went on to further say, “Thank you for your valuable collaboration and participation in the Microsoft Vine beta program over the past year. After this date, Microsoft Vine will be no more!

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