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Microsoft Rumored to Retire Windows Live Messenger Client

By - Source: The Verge | B 23 comments

Now that Windows Live Messenger has been integrated into Skype, the death of Microsoft's long-standing IM client is coming soon.

The Verge reports that Microsoft is gearing up to retire Windows Live Messenger in a few months. The news arrives by way of unnamed sources who claim that the announcement will be made soon – perhaps sometime this week – and that Skype will be pushed as the new default instant messaging client.

Live Messenger's death has been expected since Microsoft's announcement that it purchased Skype for $8.5 billion back in May 2011. At the time, critics were afraid that the Redmond company would disrupt the VoIP service's momentum by limiting or even severing support for non-Windows platforms. But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer came forward and said Microsoft had no intentions of cutting off other platforms.

"I said it, I mean it," Ballmer told reporters after the conference call. "We will continue to support other platforms. We are one of the few companies that has the track record of doing this beforehand. We have done a lot of work bringing Office to the Mac and we’ve done a lot of great work with other Apple devices. Fundamental to the value proposition of communications is to reach people whether they’re on your device or not."

So far Skype has remained true to its roots despite Microsoft's acquisition. If anything, it's become more mainstream now that the v6.0 client features integrated Live Messenger support. Users can now merge their Microsoft and Skype accounts, thus combining Skype, Live Messenger and Facebook connectivity into one streamlined service on their phone, tablet or desktop.

Windows Live Messenger first launched as MSN Messenger back in 1999 during a time when AIM (AOL's instant messenger) and ICQ were at the top of the IM client chain. The service switched over to the Windows Live Messenger label back in 2005 with the launch of version 8. Microsoft eventually integrated the IM service into the Xbox 360 Spring 2007 Dashboard Update back in May 2007.

Just recently the death of Windows Live Messenger became apparent with the launch of Windows 8. The Redmond company released a Modern UI app for Skype, but so far it hasn't released a version for Live Messenger.


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    sa1nt , November 5, 2012 6:28 PM
    Thank you Microsoft
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    unoriginal1 , November 5, 2012 6:29 PM
    "Fundamental to the value proposition of communications is to reach people whether they’re on your device or not."

    Someone please forward this to Tim Cook. :) 
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    ttg_Avenged , November 5, 2012 6:31 PM
    Lol, the last time I've used messenger was, oh wait, never. Not kidding. MS + Social don't seem to brew too well.
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    Anonymous , November 5, 2012 6:31 PM
    A little late to the game here MS announced the death of all "live" products sometime late last year, or early this year.

    Soon, there will be no more "Live" branded products. YAY!
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    jupiter optimus maximus , November 5, 2012 6:40 PM
    It has been two years since i used Live Messenger, and it appears that i was their only customer. Only my international friend and i were talking regularly on it for several years until she told me to use Skype. I assume that I bought around $100 worth of international calls.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , November 5, 2012 6:42 PM
    I also have to add that Messenger seemed a bit outdated and XP feel. Telephone service was from some Mexican telephone company providing credits.
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    deksman , November 5, 2012 6:44 PM
    To be honest, I rarely used WLM.
    Furthermore, the newest version of the program seems to be extremely bloated, or woefully inefficient.
    It takes a long time to install - and similarly so to remove from the system.
    Since Skype included WLM contacts in 5.11 Beta version (am on v6 now of course), I decided it was prudent to remove WLM for good from my system.
    At least its one less software to worry about (and seemingly inefficient one at that).
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    evilsizer , November 5, 2012 6:53 PM
    I think most of us retired our use of WLM years ago. I really can't remember the last time I used it.
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    jldevoy , November 5, 2012 6:59 PM
    Windows Live messenger is the only such app i use, without all the extras of course.
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    jacobdrj , November 5, 2012 7:16 PM
    GIGO... Good riddance...
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    JOSHSKORN , November 5, 2012 7:25 PM
    I thought this was rumored a couple of months ago.

    Geesh I've totally forgotten about WLM. I still have some people on it, but never talk to them, or I do so on Facebook. I rarely use AIM, YIM and GoogleTalk anymore, either.
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    deftonian , November 5, 2012 7:33 PM
    I retired WLM almost 10 years ago after college. There's just too many options now, like texting.
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    Yuka , November 5, 2012 8:12 PM

    Yes, caps makes this comment more important and happy.

    Cheers! :p 
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    zorky9 , November 5, 2012 8:38 PM
    Desktop chat clients somehow just became irrelevant because of mobile clients - Tango, Skype, Oovoo, and Viber to name a few. And MSFT has Lync in the enterprise space.
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    Shin-san , November 5, 2012 9:10 PM
    I think it won't be bad if it's integrated into Skype, but separate clients would be better. There's also a good amount of third-party clients out there
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    Darkerson , November 5, 2012 9:35 PM
    It only makes sense to remove it if its redundant now. Why have two different clients that can pretty much do the same thing?
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    mas , November 5, 2012 9:55 PM
    Its time to integrate Skype!

    That said,, while Skype is rather reliable, it has the kludgiest interface imaginable - one almost up to MS's standards! With no configurable contact customization, and a non-configurable user interface it is a pain in the ass to use despite its greater reliability.

    Heck I would be ecstatic if they simply copied Yahoo Messenger's interface - which is by no means perfect but still light years ahead of Skype.

    And Skype support for paid user accounts? It makes PayPal look efficient!
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    paradigital , November 5, 2012 10:24 PM
    Erm, there is a metro app that communicates on Windows Live Messenger, it's called "Messaging" and is built into Windows 8...
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    back_by_demand , November 5, 2012 10:27 PM
    ttg_AvengedLol, the last time I've used messenger was, oh wait, never. Not kidding. MS + Social don't seem to brew too well.

    What has Messenger got to do with social? Nothing, totally wrong track there
    OK, you can import Facebook contacts into Messmger, but you can do Facebook integration with just about everything these days so not exactly Microsoft pushing it, more Facebook pushing it
    Good troll attempt though, keep practicing, maybe by the time you get to be 15 years old you will have mastered some of the more subtle points of the troll master
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    bllue , November 5, 2012 11:42 PM
    WLM is considered a dinosaur now. Mentioning its name is followed by "Who even uses that anymore?" or "Last time I used it was X years ago." Skype has a better brand recognition to it so all around it's a good move and everyone wins
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