Say Goodbye to Windows Live Messenger

And say hello to Skype (if you haven't already)


Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has begun the shutdown of its Windows Live Messenger service.

The process will be complete by the first quarter of next year (except in China), but don’t worry — users can use Skype, which has many more function, including video calling. The process will be seamless, as all contacts will be transferred with a couple clicks.

Live Messenger got its start about 12 years ago when instant messaging was becoming a core activity on the Internet. But over the past few years, there has been a move to SMS and social networks like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and the user base for Live Messenger has plunged from 300 million to about 100 million since 2010.

Still, that’s a large group — and one that will provide a nice boost to the Skype platform, which boasts about 280 million.

— Tom Taulli,

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