I have personally not logged into Windows Live Messenger for at least a year, or maybe even longer, but the point is that it has been a while. Skype is now my main mode of communicating with friends and family, and it looks like Microsoft plans to move all their users onto Skype – unsurprising given the Redmond company’s acquisition of Skype awhile back. Microsoft has since sent out an email to its Messenger users, informing them that come March 15th 2013, they will be discontinuing the Windows Live Messenger service and that users will have to upgrade to Skype if they wish to continue using their IM service. However fret not because from now until then, Windows Live Messenger will continue to operate as per normal. Interestingly it seems that this will affect everyone around the world except for those living in mainland China. Back in November it was rumored that such a move could be taking place which then confirmed a day later, but at that time only a rough timeframe of Q1 2013 was given, but at least we have a fixed date now which Windows Live Messenger users will probably want to mark down on their calendars.

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