Starting April 8th, we will begin upgrading customers from Messenger to Skype. The process will take a few weeks to complete. April 8th is the first day you may be required to upgrade. This is a bit later than the March 15th date we previously mentioned to some of you as we wanted to give you more time to make the transition.
To keep chatting with your Messenger contacts, simply upgrade to the latest version of Skype using the instructions below and sign in using a Microsoft account (this is the same ID you use to sign into Messenger). Once signed in, your contacts will already be there. You’ll be able to instant message and make video calls with them just like before, and start discovering new ways of staying in touch, including Skype on your mobile or tablet.
The Messenger and Skype Teams
This is a copy of the mail sent to customers from Microsoft.
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Microsoft has announced that Windows Live Messenger will be officially be withdrawn and it’s users would be migrated to Skype. This announcement was made yesterday (8th of Jan) via a mass email to its chat users.
So What Next?
Users of the Windows Live Messenger are advised to upgrade to Skype and sign in using their existing Microsoft login details i.e. Windows Live ID. Once you have successfully logged in, all your Messenger contacts will be added to the Skype contact.
Desktop users of the Windows Live Messenger are required to simply click on the banner notifying them of the upgrade and this will automatically uninstall the application.
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