Windows Live Messenger (WLM) is one of the most popular and widely used instant messenger (IM) for Windows OS. Its a part of Microsoft's Windows Essentials suite (formerly known as Windows Live Essentials). People are using this IM client since long time but now they'll have to leave it even if they don't want to do.
Last year in May 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype and announced later that the company will replace its Windows Live Messenger service with the new Skype in first quarter of 2013 and now the time has come.
Microsoft has sent emails to Windows Live Messenger users asking them to upgrade to Skype because the company is going to close Windows Live Messenger service on March 15, 2013.
Following are the content of the email:
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.
So if you are a Windows Live Messenger user, you have only 2 months left to enjoy the good old IM client. After March 15, 2013, you'll not be able to sign into Windows Live Messenger and you'll get an option to upgrade to Skype which will automatically uninstall existing Windows Live Messenger from your system.
Its better to install Skype now and get used to the new software. Skype also allows you to send instant messages, make video calls and call phones from your PC, Mac, mobile phones and other devices.
You just need to install Skype and sign in using your existing Microsoft account which you were using to sign into Windows Live Messenger and Skype will automatically import your all messenger contacts for you. So the whole process is quite simple. If you already have a Skype account, it'll allow you to merge contacts of both your Skype account and your Microsoft account. After merging, always sign in using your Microsoft account if you want to access both contacts: Skype as well as Microsoft account. Thanks to "macpro622776" for this tip.
Interested people can download and upgrade to Skype using following link:
What do you think about this move? Do you also use Windows Live Messenger to chat with your friends? Are you going to upgrade to Skype or will look for a new IM client?