We previously posted that Microsoft will retire Windows Messenger by the end of the 1st quarter of 2013 and will be replaced by Skype that Microsoft bought for$8.5 billion. Now it looks like the retirement of Windows Messenger will be delayed for at least a month and Windows Messenger user will “upgrade from Messenger to Skype on Windows desktop on April 8. Skype said that the process will take a few weeks to complete.
Skype said in a press release that the upgrade will start on all English language clients, and finish up with Brazilian Portuguese on April 30, though Messenger users from mainland China can continue using Messenger.
Currently Skype have more than 280 million users, a number that will still grow as Windows Messenger users upgrades to Skype. Skype is also practically available to all computing platforms; Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone, Android and “soon” Blackberry. So it just makes business sense for Microsoft to keep Skype in replace of Windows Messenger; which is only available on Windows and Windows Phone platform.
You can read Skype’s announcement here.
Last modified: February 15, 2013