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MSN Messenger To Retire In March; Update To Skype

MSN Messenger To Retire In March; Update To Skype
1/10/2013 2:27 PM ET

Earlier this week, Microsoft sent out mails to millions of its users, announcing that the messenger service will be retired on March 15th 2013. The software giant will be replacing messenger with Skype, a messaging and VOIP service that it purchased for $8.5 billion in 2011.

It was common knowledge that Microsoft Messenger was to be axed sometime this year, though the company was to give an exact date. Now, all users and their buddy lists will be migrated to the VOIP platform on the given date. The changes will take place throughout the world, with the exception of China.

The following email with the subject : "Important info about your Messenger account", was mass mailed to all messenger users. Below is the most important part of the mail :

"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."

Users of Microsoft's Messenger have been directed to download and install Skype. After that, users will have to enter their Microsoft account log-in details, and all their Messenger contacts will be available. The good news is that Skype has a great mobile application for iOS, Android and other platforms.

by RTT Staff Writer

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