Microsoft is killing Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger), will integrate it with Skype [Rumor]

Microsoft bought Skype last year. As you have noticed, since that time Microsoft has been trying to integrate the VoIP juggernaut into existing Microsoft services. The latest casualty of the Skype purchase? Windows Live Messenger, or MSN Messenger as it was formerly known for a very long time.

Sourcing “several sources”, The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is in the process of retiring Windows Live Messenger and integrating it into Skype. The announcement isn’t official, yet, so we can’t say for sure that this will happen. However, it would make sense if you consider how closely Skype is integrated with Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system.

It isn’t entirely clear how this will happen, if it indeed does happen. More likely than not, all Windows Live Messenger accounts and contacts will be ported to Skype and you should, ideally, be able to continue your Windows Live conversations on Skype without any hiccups. However, anyone that has used Skype for IM knows it isn’t the best instant messaging service out there so only time will tell how successful this is.

Feel free to chime in the comments below about this new development.

[via The Verge, image via ssoosay]

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3 comments

  1. Alice Hemmings

    This is the worse decision they have ever made, first they alienate regular windows users by coming out with Windows 8. Now they’re gonna take away their messenger service from those of us who actually still use it? It doesn’t even transfer over your contacts as groups! They either need to modify the Skype programming to be able to sign into multiple accounts with the lists the way I’m used to seeing it or I’m switching to AIM.

  2. bod

    Skype is already a bloated program. Having it run in the background is nothing compared to WLM. I will never make the switch to Skype if this is true. I do not like the program AT ALL for instant messaging. I refuse to use the shitty resource hog that is Skype. I will be making a Chinese hotmail so I can continue to use WLM.

  3. naveed

    I really hope they don’t bloat Skype and mess it up like MSN Messenger. MSN Messenger wasn’t too bad, but over time it became this bloated monster – if I remember correctly it was about 100MB. It had so much unnecessary crap including ads.

    Skype has also bloated over time, but not nearly as bad as MSN Messenger. It does what it does well, except the copy and paste, which they’ve somehow managed to screw up really well instead of leaving well enough alone.