Windows live messenger to retire!

Microsoft has announced the retirement of its messenger i.e. the Windows live messenger in favour of Skype. As posted in the Skype blog, Tony Bates explains,

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).

The news comes 18 months after the software giant announced it was paying $8.5bn (£5.3bn) for the communications software developer. The decision is to focus on its efforts on Skype. The messenger had been among the earliest heroes. Reports say that, the move to migrate users from Windows Live Messenger to Skype began with the release of Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows a few weeks ago. The Skype blog has put up an invitation to merge the accounts and also has given a walk through to the users about the switching process.

As stated in the Skype blog,

Once you update to Skype, here are some of the other great features Messenger users can expect:

• Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets
• Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place
• Sharing screens
• Video calling on mobile phones
• Video calling with Facebook friends
• Group video calling

Although the WLM had been a once upon a time hero, the users had been coming down in the recent times and Microsoft believes that when a company has competing products it is better to focus on a single one.

“When a company has competing products that can result in cannibalization it’s often better to focus on a single one,” said Brian Blau from the consultancy Gartner.

The BBC news reports that,

“Skype’s top-up services offer the chance to monetize its users and Microsoft is also looking towards opportunities in the living room.

He also noted that the firm had opted to integrate Skype into its new Windows Phone 8 smartphone software. To ease the changeover, Microsoft is offering a tool to migrate WLM messenger contacts over.

The risk is that the move encourages users to switch instead to rival platforms such as WhatsApp Messenger, AIM or Google Talk.
But Microsoft is at least partially protected by its tie-up with Facebook last year. Skype video calls are now offered as an extra to the social network’s own instant messaging tool.

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4 responses to “Windows live messenger to retire!

  1. I hadn’t heard about this. Ah shucks. I don’t use IM very much outside of work, but when I do it’s Messenger. At work we use MS Communicator – I’m assuming Microsoft is holding onto that IM program since businesses actually pay for it? Oh well, guess I’ll just have to get used to the chat function inside Gmail. 😦

    • hmmm!! maybe you can move on with skype its like an all n one right? but still windows live was windows live what to do now except either to chose skype or to switch to another messenger, glad that I was the source for you to hear the news!

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