Microsoft shutting down Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype on March 15th

We’ve known for a while now that Windows Live Messenger would soon be going the way of the Dodo in favor of Skype but it looks like that’s going to happen a lot sooner than previously thought. Microsoft sent out an email to all messenger users this week saying the service will be retired globally except for mainland China on March 15th. The email urges existing users to move over to Skype for instant messages and video chats.

More than 100 million people will be migrating to Skype, which will bolster the Microsoft-owned VoIP property to around 750 million users. Is anyone upset about the change? Personally I haven’t used Windows Live Messenger in several years after having switched to GTalk and Skype is a great collaboration communication tool for multiple people. It feels like a good thing that Microsoft is merging its properties.

[via The Verge]


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