Removal of Microsoft Agent


Clients - Windows 7
Servers - Windows Server 2008 R2

Feature Impact

Severity - Medium
Frequency - Low


Microsoft has decided to discontinue development of Microsoft Agent technologies. Beginning with Windows 7, Microsoft Agent will not be included or supported in future versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. We encourage Microsoft Agent application developers and redistributors to evaluate their activities in light of this decision.


  • Microsoft will not offer new licenses or renewals
  • Microsoft will not update the Microsoft Agent components, including:
    • The "msagent.exe" runtime and libraries
    • The characters Merlin, Genie, Peedy, and Robbo
    • The Agent Character Editor
    • All related Microsoft Agent software, tools, and documentation
  • Windows 7 and later versions will not support development of Microsoft Agent applications or characters


Developers can still use the following resources for previous versions of Windows:

Links to Other Resources

Microsoft Agent Resources