Confirmed: Microsoft will retire Windows Live Messenger in Q1 of 2013

Skype takes over WLM

As we talked on Monday, Microsoft has now confirmed that Windows Live Messenger (WLM) is retiring and Skype will take over as the primary Microsoft’s messaging service.

The move to the new service started a few weeks back with the release of Skype version 6 for Windows and Mac OS X.

According to a new Skype blog article, WLM will be discontinued in Q1 next year; however in China the service will continue. The transition is set to be simple, just login with your Windows Live Messenger credentials in Skype and all contacts will come with you.

Skype has around 280 million monthly active users and in a single sign-in Microsoft will pour an additional 100 million users into the messaging service, making Skype get closer to 400 million users.

Just remember that you only have a few month before the software giant kills the service. So if you are a WLM lover, enjoy it while you can.

Source Skype

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