Microsoft To Shut Down Windows Messenger And Migrate Users To Skype
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“We’ve got good news to share! Skype and Messenger are coming together. Millions of Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype,” wrote Tony Bates, President of the Microsoft’s Skype division, in a blog posting.
“By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends,” he wrote.
The company said it would shut down its Messenger service for users in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013, expect for those in mainland China.
“This effort started with the release of Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows a few weeks ago, which allows you to sign into Skype using a Microsoft account. Now Messenger users just need to update to the latest version of Skype, sign in using a Microsoft account, and their Messenger contacts will be there,” Bates said.
Microsoft said it would assist users with the transition over the next few months, and would also be rolling out some special offers with the migration.
Windows Live Messenger’s base of users has been shrinking in recent years, falling from 300 million in 2010 to just over 100 million today. At the same time, Skype has grown to some 280 million users, according to figures from Microsoft’s latest earnings report.
In the blog posting, Microsoft provided instructions on how users can make the transition and migrate their contacts to Skype. Users who already have a Skype and Messenger account can merge them together into a single Microsoft account.