Microsoft has begun the much anticipated transition from Windows Live Messenger to Skype. It was previously reported that the Microsoft owned Skype will now take the place of Windows Live Messenger, which has been used since ages now. This idea will come into effect in early 2013, apparently. Needless to say, this will not be a rapid process and it could take some time to migrate existing Messenger users over to Skype. However, this is something people were looking forward to especially after Microsoft acquired Skype. It was expected that Skype will be deeply integrated with Windows Phone 8. Long standing Windows Live Messenger users might not take this in the right spirit, but we’re sure MS has something big in mind. Messenger will be replaced by Skype all over the world except for China, where the Messenger service will continue. The reason for this is not known yet.
Tony Bates from Skype said – “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),” He further added – “We will work with you over the next few months to help you transition and offer information and help along the way”.
With this new update, users will be able to log into Skype with their Windows Live credentials and connect with their friends there. So basically, it’s an easy process and Microsoft clearly wants to keep it that way. If the user already has a Skype and a Messenger account, then merging is even easier. Skype has published a detailed blog post explaining how the migration will work for both the new and existing Skype/Messenger users.
Skype has a wide range of users worldwide, and is still one of the most used chat applications. Coupled with the ability to make video and free voice calls to other Skype users, it’s basically a lifeline for many out there. Post the Microsoft acquisition, a few eyebrows were raised as to how exactly we would see Skype implemented in Microsoft’s products i.e. Windows Phones and the Windows desktop OS. The merging of Messenger with Skype seems to be the first step. Messenger also has a few other social features, which could be brought to Skype as well. The Skype app on WP7 wasn’t anything to write home about. But Microsoft would certainly want to change that with WP8 and the Windows 8 tablets making their way to the market. Let’s hope Microsoft makes something good out of this.