Yesterday we were in a position to announce that Microsoft company would probably incorporate Skype and Messenger, but no one knew when, and Microsoft would not discuss the matter. That was yesterday, and today is a different tone. Now Microsoft confirms that Windows Live Messenger will be closed, and that Skype takes over the place that its instant messengers.
The message was posted on Skype’s official blog Tuesday evening.
Phased out in 2013
Messenger is not going to be gone immediately, but will be phased out sometime in the first quarter of 2013. Until then, Microsoft will continue to push their users over to Skype over Messenger. Currently in the earlier version, you could log into Skype with Facebook or Microsoft information, in addition to your regular Skype name.
The only country that seems to keep Messenger is China. Exactly why is it not said, but they will therefore maintain service indefinitely, while the rest of the world who will use Microsoft’s services to send instant messages, make use of Skype.
Microsoft should have already worked a long time to connect the two services together. In recent months, most of the work done behind the scenes, and now include about 80 percent of all messages sent between Skype users added via Messengers system.