Windows Messenger Live ends by March 15
Microsoft shutdown its instant messaging software, Windows Messenger Live by March 15. Earlier in 2011 Microsoft purchased Skype, since then many people were expecting a change from Microsoft. Communicating the transition with existing users is an important task for Microsoft to accomplish.
In an announcement to all Windows Messenger Live users, Microsoft explained the transition by stating the following:
“On 15th March 2013 we are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together. Update to Skype and sign in using a Microsoft Account (same as your Messenger ID) and all your Messenger contacts will be at your fingertips. You’ll be able to instant message and video chat with them just like before, and also discover new ways of staying in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet.”
In october, Beta release from Skype, had allowed users to sign in to Skype with their Windows Live ID. They were then able to see the presence of other users of Live Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail, and Outlook.com. They were also able to send and receive instant messages.
Once the user makes the transition to Skype, they will be able to use instant messaging services, video calling, landline calling, screen sharing, and video calling.
As per the message from Microsoft indicates, switching to Skype should be a fairly easy transition for any messenger user, as all they need to do is update to Skype. Surely they hope that Messenger users will believe that it is as easy and seamless of a transition as it has been stated that it will be.