Microsoft Putting An End To Windows Live Messenger In Favor Of Skype On March 15

By Vamien McKalin email: | Jan 09, 2013 02:42 PM EST

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Windows Live Messenger will begin its journey of ceasing to exist. However, no need to lose your mind because Skype will take its place and all your Messenger friends will be there, ready and waiting to chat about Kim Kardashian.

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Today, Microsoft sent out emails to 100 million-plus Windows Live Messenger users, notifying them that come March 15, all users will be migrated over to Skype along with their contacts. This means the service will no longer be available, so current users should begin preparations for when it is time for them to move over to Skype. Furthermore, for those in Mainland China, Windows Live Messenger will continue to live on for a limited time.

Credit: Microsoft
Credit: Microsoft

The Microsoft email sent out to Windows Live Messenger users stated:

"On 15th March 2013 we are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together. Update to Skype and sign in using a Microsoft Account (same as your Messenger ID) and all your Messenger contacts will be at your fingertips. You'll be able to instant message and video chat with them just like before, and also discover new ways of staying in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet"

Replacing Windows Live Messenger with Skype has long being expected of Microsoft since it would have been foolish to run two services that are similar in almost every way. Now that both services will merge and become one, Microsoft can focus on simplifying Skype's desktop user interface along with making it available in the browser. The final thing the company needs to do is finish Windows Live Messenger for good. Put the old dog out of its misery.

Here are just a few of the great features that you can use with Skype:
  •  Instant message, video call and call phones from your PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, Android mobile, Kindle Fire and other devices
  •  Sharing your screen with friends and family
  •  Video call and instant message with your Facebook friends
  •  Group video call with up to ten friends at once*
  •  And that's just the start - there's so much more to explore on Skype

Anyone here excited about switching over to Skype? Or do you love Windows Live Messenger too much to abandon it?

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