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Microsoft Drops Windows Live Messenger, Forces Users to Switch to Skype

It is now time to say goodbye to your Windows Live Messenger application!

Microsoft announced that they will be scrapping their own messenger on March 2013 and they are now encouraging their users to use Skype instead, a move that was expected after the giant company bought Skype last year.

Earlier this year, Microsoft Skype division chief Tony Bates announced that the number of Skype users increased four times and recent numbers show that more than one billion people are now using it after it was integrated to Facebook, the leading social networking website.

Microsoft hopes that more and more users will switch to Skype especially when the Windows Messenger closes next year, a move that would further boost the company’s online presence after being greatly overshadowed by the rapid growth of social networking.

Skype also announced the development in their website, citing that the move was inevitable after releasing Skype 6.0 wherein users can sign in using their Microsoft accounts.

In a blog post, Skype said: “Skype and Messenger are coming together. Millions of Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype. By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends. 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.”

“Our goal remains to deliver the best communications experience for everyone, everywhere. We want to focus our efforts on making things simpler for our users while continuously improving the overall experience,” Skype added.

Microsoft also cited that their decision to ditch their own messenger will benefit their users, who will not need to “maintain two separate contact lists” anymore. They are also confident that former Messenger users will enjoy their Skype experience mainly because of the low-rate and free phone calls over the internet by using the application in their computers and mobile devices.

Windows Live Messenger will be shut down in all countries except China.

[Source: Skype Blog]