Microsoft Killing Messenger On March 15, Just Want You To Use Skype Instead [REPORT]

Microsoft in November last year made a plan to eventually retire its Live Messenger in favor of newly acquired Skype service, which was due to shut down in the third quarter of this year, so we are here to read the confirmation date. According to TheNextWeb, Redmond has informed users via email that they have until March 15th to use the IM platform, after then they will need to hope on to Skype to chat with their Messenger pals. No worry, your buddy list will automatically be migrated to the VoIP-focused offerings.

Its confirmed that Microsoft will kill its Live Messenger service in favor of Skype. Microsoft promtly confirms the palns saying it “will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the Q1 of 2013, but with exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available. Desktop users of the outgoing serviceshould receive a banner notification to install Skype and as it turns out, clicking on said banner will also uninstall Messenger.

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Road warriors will be taking acre of it, with Microsoft account support already baked into iOS, Android and its own Windows Phone 8 versions of the Skype app.

Stay tuned to hear a bad news and a good news that the Messenger users will be migrated to Skype on March 15 and the service will be shutdown in all countries except China the same day. According to TNW:

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.

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Skype, which was been acquired by Microsoft in May 2011, has been synonymous with the voice / video calling since launch but, obviously has text-based chatting (IM) support built-in as well. While Skype 6 integrated into the Windows Live Messenger by letting users login with their official Microsoft credentials, aside from adding Facebook integration along with.

Finally, Microsoft on Tuesday started mass emailing its 100 million+ Messenger users to let them know that the service is now officially being retired on March 15, 2013. Users on the date will be migrated to Skype, which Microsoft acquired back in May 2011 for $8.5 billion.

Confirmed! that means Messenger will be shut down in just 66 days. It will only keep working afterwards in mainland China, mainly because Skype is operated there by a local provider called TOM.  Wondering how this will work? Just a simple matter of trick. Skype will give youy the option to migrate your accounts, along with a message both types of contacts. Messenger users will have to download and install Skype. Log in with their Microsoft account, and their Messenger contacts will be available inside Skype contacts.

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Yet the Skype service has a larger membership; around 280 million monthly active users, up roughly 100 million since it was purchased by Microsoft. No doubt there are people whom use both Messenger and Skype, but Microsoft’s plan is it wants everyone to use just the latter. Though thinking of maintaining and updating two communication tools for customers in harder.

Stay tuned for more information on this story of closing of Microsoft’s Live Messenger, and migrating to Skype, including VoIP – heading to mobile and it has made a big effort to build out various mobile apps, easily leaving Messenger in the dust.