You have heard the rumor, but Skype made it official: Live Messenger is going away and Skype will now be Microsoft’s only chat application. It makes sense: although Live Messenger used to be a darling among video-chatters, the rise of Skype and other alternatives made it a second-choice for many. With the Skype acquisition, Microsoft has bought not only a great service, but also a huge user base and a powerful portfolio of patents.


With Skype 6.0, every Live Messenger user can now log onto Skype, and find their favorite MSN Messenger contacts there.  Live Messenger will be retired worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 — with the exception of mainland China, according to Microsoft’s Tony Bates.

What do you think of this move? Will you miss Live Messenger, or are you glad that Skype is taking over?

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