Avid fans of Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger will be in a bind come March 15, as the company announced when it would go dark. Back in November the company informed users that Windows Live Messenger would be integrated into Skype at around Q1 of 2013. A few months before, Skype had already begun letting users sign in to Skype using their Windows Live ID, allowing them to send and receive instant messages from their contacts on Live Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail, or Outlook.com.
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.
The Messenger Team
After 13 years of service, Microsoft will be dropping Windows Live Messenger — initially MSN Messenger — for the newer Skype which they had acquired in 2011. This will give Live users access to Skype’s instant messaging, video calling, landline calling, screen sharing, and mobile video calling services.