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Microsoft Retiring Windows Live Messenger March 15th

By - Source: The Verge | B 12 comments

Microsoft's canning Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype... unless you're in China.

With Microsoft's acquirement of Skype, there was no longer any need for Microsoft's proprietary instant messaging service Windows Messenger Live.

Back in November 2012, Microsoft confirmed that after over 13 years of service, Windows Messenger Live was to be canned in favor of the more popular video chat service.

Microsoft recently sent out an email to Messenger users that the service will be shutting down on Mar. 15th, sans China (presumably because the IM service is still very popular there.) Microsoft has encouraged all Messenger users to move over to Skype.

However, this simply means that the Messenger service itself will no longer connect to the network. However, Messenger users will still be able to log in using Skype via their Messenger login details. XMPP support will be shutting off in Oct. 2013 and the final death knell for Messenger won't ring until Mar. 2014, when the network will actually be shut off.


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    paradigital , January 16, 2013 12:56 PM
    That would be lovely if it weren't for the fact that Skype's IM is fundamentally flawed and full of bugs. Case in point is the random way it tags incoming messages with a timestamp. I've (within the last 15 minutes) recieved a message that got stamped with a time over an hour out of date.

    This means that "new" messages can appear half way through a conversation and are an utter pain to find,

    I'm all for progress, but retiring a platform when the alternative isn't ready is just stupid.
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    jerrspud , January 16, 2013 1:17 PM
    Remember when AOL IM was the best? Goodbye MSN Messenger
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    Soda-88 , January 16, 2013 1:56 PM
    Wish they'd add good features from MSN to Skype such as mail notification, custom emoticons, picture sharing, etc... I'm still using WLM 2009 (14.0) because of the interface in the latest version is even worse than Skype's.
    Guess one can hope for skin support... If only it had Steam messenger's UI :( 
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    egilbe , January 16, 2013 2:04 PM
    I never really liked windows messenger. I used Yahoo IM or now, Facebook. Its too easy to be connected with a smart phone 24/7. It's good to unplug once in a while
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    SteelCity1981 , January 16, 2013 2:22 PM
    i have no problem moving to skype. for thoses that don't like the skype defualt interface it's easy to change just go to view and select compact and it turns skype into a messanger style interface.
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    spartanmk2 , January 16, 2013 2:47 PM
    One less useless program on my OS woohoo!
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    COLGeek , January 16, 2013 2:59 PM
    People were still using Messenger? Wow, that is news...
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    RipperjackAU , January 16, 2013 3:33 PM
    While they are retiring useless software, can they please retire Windows 8 Metro, along with it!
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    rebel1280 , January 16, 2013 3:36 PM
    COLGeekPeople were still using Messenger? Wow, that is news...

    My company still uses IM to communicate within the management group, that being said, we have currently (FINALLY) made the move to get off of pots lines and going forward with Shoretel Voip system. Awesome side perk, it comes with an IM program that is intranet only. I am way looking forward to that and getting off MSN IM nightmare!
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    SirGCal , January 16, 2013 3:42 PM
    M$ is also trying to push their Lynx software also. Another horribly buggy piece of chatting/sharing software to replace Live Messenger and Netmeeting type apps. My work just moved to it and OHH they regret it so bad they brought the IM & Netmeeting servers back online.
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    susyque747 , January 16, 2013 3:56 PM
    Yeah, Skype, the IM that they changed the code on after buying it to allow the FEDS to monitor your conversation, that one right. I'm not joking, it's true.
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    Anonymous , February 12, 2013 7:44 AM
    Skype chat , sux!!!!
    Using Skype chat is like downgrading to a msn many many years ago. MS have alot upgrading to do!!
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