Back in January, Microsoft announced that it would be retiring its long-time Messenger service and replacing it with recently-acquired Skype on March 15th. However, users can now expect that the big change won’t even get started until April 8th.
On Friday, Microsoft announced that the migration will begin with countries that have English-based populations, and it will end with those that speak “Brazilian Portuguese” on April 30th. Users must switch to Skype without an option to decline.
Since users from each service will now merge, the acquisition will provide incentives for both companies.
With the millions of users between both Microsoft and Skype, it is understood that both companies’ user-bases will benefit. Skype also accounts for one-third of the world’s phone traffic, thus bringing even more value to the software giant.
Microsoft acquired Skype in January after much speculation. The transaction for the acquisition cost an estimated $6 billion.
This was one part of Microsoft’s transition to the rebranding of its products. For instance, Hotmail users must eventually use Outlook.com.
It was originally going to take you two months to get ready for the big shift to Skype, but appears that’s going to change! Of course, that doesn’t exactly matter – the migration from Messenger to Skype is imminent. That’s why we have a few questions for you:
Why do you think Microsoft has delayed the transition from Messenger to Skype? Do you use one piece of software over the other? Do you prefer to have choices for your communication software? Do you believe that the transition from Messenger to Skype will fail or succeed?