Microsoft has announced that it will retire its Messenger service and migrate users to Skype from March 15.
The company sent out an email to Messenger users this week detailing its plans to pull the service globally - apart from in China, where Messenger will continue - on that date.
In its place will go Skype, which Microsoft purchased for $8.5 billion back in May 2011. Recently, users have been able to sign into Skype using their Microsoft accounts, so the switch over should be pretty seamless.
Indeed, when it comes to transitioning from Messenger to Skype, all you need to do is download the Skype software and sign in using your usual Messenger details, and all your Messenger contacts will be pulled across.
In fact, Skype's wide availability across numerous platforms means that access to your Messenger account will arguably expand through making the switch to Skype.
Microsoft account compatibility is already included in the mobile Skype apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8, so there's no worry on that count either.
Messenger users should find a banner notification notifying them of the change, and offering the facility to install Skype. This same process will simultaneously delete Messenger from your system for added convenience/unwelcome strong-arming, depending on your perspective.
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Via: The Next Web