Microsoft has sent out an email to all Windows Live Messenger users informing them that the service will be replaced by Skype on March 5th.
After Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion in October 2011, Messenger’s dissolution became inevitable.
In November last year, Skype President Tony Bates confirmed that Messenger was going to be shut down in the first quarter of 2013.
“We've got good news to share! Skype and Messenger are coming together”, said Bates on the Skype blog.
“Millions of Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype. By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends.”
Now, when users log on to Messenger, they will be prompted to “upgrade” to Skype by a banner notification which, when clicked, will cause the Skype install box to appear.
Installing Skype will automatically uninstall messenger and all Windows Live Messenger contacts will be transferred to the new Skype account.
Messenger will continue to function until the 15th, but after that users will be unable to access the service and will be asked to sign up to Skype.
Skype has numerous uses in the business world: it provides a low cost alternative to phone calling, a global video conferencing service and even an alternative way to interview potential employees.
How do you use Skype in your business?
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