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, InvestorPlace.com