You Have Until March 15 To Make Your Peace With Messenger And Move To Skype

    January 9, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Beginning late last year, Microsoft started to merge its legacy Messenger service into Skype. It didn’t make sense for Microsoft to have two communication platforms, and Skype is a better brand for the company to invest in. Still, Microsoft gave its Messenger users a few months to make their peace and move, and now we know the exact date of said move.

In an email being sent out to Messenger users today, Microsoft says that the service will be killed off on March 15. Until then, it’s encouraged that users still clinging to Messenger make the necessary preparations before moving to Skype. The move is really quite simple, and will only take a few minutes.

To start the move, just download the newest version of Skype from its Web site or from the banner ad in Messenger. From there, sign in using the same Microsoft Account you used for Messenger. Skype will automatically merge the accounts and pull over all of your old contacts into Skype.

So, what will happen to those who forget to switch over to Skype before March 15? Those who attempt to sign in to Messenger after the kill date will be taken to a page to install Skype. From there, Skype will install while uninstalling Messenger from your computer.

Of course, you may be ready to just ditch Messenger, Skype and other clients altogether. Firefox and Chrome now both feature support for WebRTC, the HTML5 equivalent of Skype and other messaging clients.

[h/t: The Next Web]
  • http://www.exabytes.sg/ Jerrick

    1st rumors said that will be end on 1st of January 2013 but end up the real date is 15th of March 2013. Hope this time is real while it troublesome while my friends still using msn and i’m using skype and lot of image and file cannot be send through the chat box.

  • Leegp

    My Pc os got a little messy, and its taking timw to get all files off. So as msn wont load up, i thought i try skype with my old details, like said on here. Thou it doesnt work, so why say this?