Microsoft Retires Windows Live Messenger

It’s official, Microsoft have announced their intention to retire Windows Live Messenger, keeping Skype as their major Instant Messaging service.

With the release of Skype for Windows 8 and Skype 6 for Mac and Windows, and the development of Skype for Windows Phone 8, Microsoft have already started by allowing users to sign in to Skype with their Microsoft ID, and chat to their friends on Messenger. On the Skype Blog, Tony Bates, President of Microsoft’s Skype division, writes:

Our goal remains to deliver the best communications experience for everyone, everywhere. We want to focus our efforts on making things simpler for our users while continuously improving the overall experience. We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available).

Once you link up your Skype and Messenger accounts, you will sign into Skype with a universal Microsoft ID. You’ll also see your Messenger contacts within Skype, and can chat to them on either platform. Skype also of course still has Facebook integration, making it pretty much all you’ll need for IM. Microsoft also have plans to continue to expand the availability of Skype, across more and more platforms, including mobile phones and tablets.

To get started with the new version of Skype, simply download it here.

The Skype team will also be welcoming comments on the switch, via use of the Twitter hashtag #SkypeWLM.

Henry Cole

I'm an all round tech guy from Colchester, UK. I co-owned Geekily and regularly wrote here under "Geekily UK", but have since left the site to pursue other projects.

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