Say Goodbye to Windows Live Messenger

by InvestorPlace Staff | November 7, 2012 10:55 am

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT[1]) has begun the shutdown of its Windows Live Messenger service[2].

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[3]), 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,

  1. MSFT:
  2. shutdown of its Windows Live Messenger service:
  3. FB:

Source URL:
Short URL: