Microsoft Discontinues Messenger & Migrates Users To Skype Instead [Updates]

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We knew it was coming ever since Microsoft took over Skype, but now it’s official: Starting March 15, Windows Live Messenger (previously MSN Messenger) will be no more. Instead, you’ll find all your Messenger contacts waiting for you on Skype, whether you’re already using it or not. This will take effect everywhere in the world except mainland China, where Messenger will continue to be available.

Starting Tuesday, Microsoft has began informing all its users of the upcoming change in an official email bearing the subject “Important info about your Messenger account”. In this email, you’ll find everything you need to know about Messenger’s retirement, and a download link for the latest version of Skype.

This means you have exactly two months to say goodbye to Messenger and move over to Skype to keep your chats going. In order to migrate your account to Skype, all you have to do is download the latest version and sign in using your Microsoft account. If you already have a Skype account, you’ll get the option to merge the two accounts. If you don’t, you’ll simply find all your old Messenger contacts in Skype.

Skype is available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. If you’re using a multi-protocol IM client to manage all your different users, clients like imo.im and Trillian already support Skype right now, and many others will probably add Skype support as soon as Messenger is officially gone.

Are you happy to see Messenger go, or is Microsoft making a mistake? Are you planning to migrate your account to Skype?

Source: Messenger

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Comments (35)
  • Arxadius Stark

    Well this was bound to happen. Surprised it wasn’t sooner!

  • P O

    I honestly think its good cuz i my friends and i haven’t chatted on msn messenger in a long time. I think skype has beautiful ios and android apps that let you keep in touch easier with with those abroad.

    and yes skype is blocked is handful of countries. I have traveled quite a bit and many of the countries i’ve been to have skype and/or even msn issues.

  • Paul

    Skype is such an awful product. The only reason I still have it is because it is the de-facto standard. Most of my contacts are still using it.

    It was fresh funky when it launched back in 2003, but the interface is now clunky and filled with bloat. The IM client is and has always been awful. Nor are messages “instant”. Notifications when minimised are so pathetic that they are hardly noticeable. At the same time the feature set of Skype has actually reduced! No more inbound SMS messaging. The address book is awful and doesn’t really integrate with anything. I really hoped MS might bring Skype up to date, but apart from adding Facebook integration (Whoopee!) and now MSN messenger integration, they have done nothing. MS please please please do us all a favour and give us a nice, discreet, clean interface, nice pop-up notifications, proper integration with other address books. Is that too much to ask?

  • Márcio Guerra

    Well… I’ll merge my contacts… It was a fun ride…

    Thanks for the news!

    Márcio Guerra

  • Bud

    For those who feel someone should move to China, try QQ. They have multiple versions although their main page is in Chinese and they don’t have a decent version in English, trial and patience can slooooooowly allow one to navigate around it ! Only problem is that they provide way tooooo much info. to satisfy the 1.5 billion people living there, I guess……….

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