Windows Live Messenger, the 12-year-old program used for instant messaging has been put to sleep in favor of Microsoft’s recently acquired Skype program. Skype allows you to use your Microsoft log in, similar to Messenger and other Microsoft technologies. Brian Hall has updated the Windows Blog to let people know that the old Messenger is being retired and the move to the more feature rich and relevant Skype.
Microsoft is phasing out Messenger use in all regions, in the first quarter of 2013, other than mainland China. So, you can get a head start by downloading the current version of Skype, using your Microsoft log in and using the new Skype platform for your IM (and other messaging needs).
Once you update to Skype, here are some of the other great features Messenger users can expect:
- Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets
- Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place
- Sharing screens
- Video calling on mobile phones
- Video calling with Facebook friends
- Group video calling
We will work with you over the next few months to help you transition and offer information and help along the way. To help you learn how to get the most out of Skype, be on the lookout for some special offers later this year as you join your Messenger friends in the migration. We think you will enjoy using Skype, and encourage you to download the latest version, sign in with your Microsoft account, and experience it for yourself, says a post on the Skype Blog.
First time users may find this post on how to setup and use Skype useful. Those who are well-versed with the Skype software may also find something of value at Skype Security and Safety Tips.