Microsoft Shutting Down Windows Live Messenger From March 15

Posted on Jan 9 2013 - 2:49pm by CR

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Windows Live Messenger is a more than decent chat client common with Windows Live users. However, of late, users have cut down on the chat client with the emergence of newer and better chat clients. And it seems like Microsoft has had it with Live Messenger as it has publicly announced the shutting down of the service. The service apparently will shut down on March 15 everywhere except in China. It’s not that Microsoft is leaving Windows Live Messenger users in the dark though. The Redmond giant now wants users to sign up to Skype with their Windows Live ID so that they can switch over. Skype as a matter of fact was recently acquired by Microsoft, which gave birth to suspicion that there was something big being planned. As of now, there is a feature to sign into Skype using your Windows Live ID, which is something Microsoft urged users to do a couple of months ago.

So users who have been fond of the service will now have to mark their calendars for March 15th, as it will be the last time they’ll ever see the service, at least officially. So if users try to open Live Messenger after March 15th, they’ll receive a notification and will be prompted with full instructions to download Skype. After that, Windows Live Messenger will be automatically uninstalled from the user’s PC. Microsoft gave out the detailed information about the fate of Windows Live Messenger in an email it sent out to the users. Here’s what it said:

So, what’s happening between now and 15th March?

Messenger will continue to work as you know it today. If you are signed in with Messenger on your desktop** you will see a banner notification to upgrade. When you click on the banner, an installer window will open with the request to upgrade. This will take you through our installer flow to install Skype and automatically uninstall Messenger.

So, what’s happening after 15th March?

Messenger users on desktops** will not be able to sign in and will only be able to upgrade to Skype. If you attempt to sign in, a notification will appear, and if you continue, you will be taken through our installer flow to install Skype and automatically uninstall Messenger at the same time.

Can I update to Skype on my mobile?

Yes! Skype is available on iPhone, Android and soon on Windows Phone 8. We encourage you to download the latest Skype app on your mobile and then uninstall Messenger. You will be able to sign in to Skype on your iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 8 mobile apps with your Microsoft Account over the next few weeks. If you use another phone with Messenger on it, it will continue to work for a while.

* To get group video chat, you’ll need a Skype Premium subscription.

** Newer versions of Messenger will be able to receive the optional upgrade notifications. Older versions will not receive the notifications and you will have to download Skype manually.

So there you have it, Windows Live Messenger’s days are numbered now. So it’s recommended to make the best of it while you still can. Sure, the switch to Skype will not make you miss Live Messenger one bit, but there’s a certain attachment with Live Messenger for some people which will be hard to get over.

Via: Microsoft News

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