Microsoft is turning off Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger) on March 15


When Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 for a cool $8.5 billion, the company slowly brought the service and its own Windows Live Messenger closer together. Microsoft made it possible for Skype users and Messenger users to talk to each other and exchange messages through Skype. But at the same time, the company also announced that it would be switching off the Messenger service in early 2013.

In an email to all Messenger users, Microsoft has announced that it will be shutting down Windows Live Messenger on March 15, and that users must turn to Skype. To assist people in the migration process, an upgrade button was added to the desktop version of Messenger that uninstalls Messenger and puts Skype in its place.

The service is believed to be used by around 300 million people every month and it’s been around since 1999, so it’s a little sad to see it go. But if there was any service that would be more than worthy to take its place, it’s Skype.

If you’re a Messenger user and haven’t switched to Skype just yet, take some time and familiarize yourself with the service before the switch-off and hit up the link below!

Download Skype for Windows

[via BBC News]

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  • Marek

    Many thanks. That is very good idea to revive Windows Live Messenger. One problem exists only. I cannot automatically sign in, Win XP case only.
    Best regards

  • Enrique

    @Warts and All: @Barrow Lew: I’m pretty sure you can still use your email as is. This is just instant message service.

  • Barrow Lew

    @Warts and All:

    Good question

  • Warts and All

    Confused now, please anyone here know will all my email (and folders) be transferred if you ‘update now’ to skype!?

    Aaargh outlook Love you though

  • DoktorThomas

    @Hal: Nice thought. Do you really think MSFT cares what you or your petitioners think? Skype will replace Messenger for free. Then a small charge for (faked) exuberance of the (limited) users; then it will be another monthly phone bill. Let us not overlook the “you can’t talk to or email anyone at our MSFT offices about support or suggestions” attitude.

    Beware of (white) elephants emblazoned with MSFT logos.

  • DoktorThomas

    Another “we don’t really understand users” move by the increasingly asinine MSFT. The strangling of the goose continues unabated.

  • Hal

    Here is that link….can delete if not allowed

    MSN holds a dear place in the hearts of many. It’s been around for a long, *long* time and we would sorely miss it. For some, MSN is the only way of communication with close friends and family. In the past couple of years, MSN has not only provided a fun, safe interface for kids and adults alike to come together and IM but also to play games, share photos, and video-call. Its competitor, or soon-to-be replacement, Skype lacks the extra step MSN has taken in giving its users personalization features. With themes, display pictures, font size + color, as well as a vibrant layout and a large number of add-ons, MSN scores high. This will be a tragic loss for man

  • Hal

    I think this is one of the saddest things to happen yet. hotmail to outlook is bad enough. But to me even worst I wrote to skype support, talk about a rude bunch of people. Was trying to find out if stuck with whole package of stuff from them and how soon were going to forced to join the paid service. They said had not set a deadline for ending the free service as of yet. Then they got rude wondering why I would not like or use “all” the services. Like I told them I have a phone for most of it, which I can depend on more because of my internet isp. And that I never use a web cam, and probably never will… talk about stirring up a hornets nest.
    All I use messenger for is chat…and have free texting on cellphone so why pay for it with them…..guess that what I get for trying to find out more about the service.
    So I for one will be looking for something else for chat….just happened to like msn been there for years more secure than some.

    and if anyone interested there is a petition that has been started…..will find link…..or maybe others not interested….just my two cents.