Microsoft to retire Messenger, says The Verge

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted November 5, 2012 28 comments

skypeEver since Microsoft acquired Skype back in May, 2011, we’ve been wondering what would happen to Windows Live Messenger.  Since then, with the retirement of the Windows Live branding, speculation has only increased, and today, Tom Warren over at The Verge is reporting that an announcement that Microsoft will retire Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype is coming as soon as “this week”:

The Verge has learned through several sources that Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger service will be retired in the coming months and integrated into Skype. Microsoft has slowly been moving people over to the Messenger backend for Skype over the past few months, with around 80 percent of all IMs sent on Skype being handled by Messenger.

The company will announce the retirement of Windows Live Messenger soon, possibly as early as this week according to sources.

Skype recently updated its clients for Windows and Mac, and at that time revealed that it was moving away from its peer-to-peer networking in favor of using Messenger’s backend, which at the time we took as another sign that Messenger was not long for this world.

We do expect that Messenger will continue to work, and that millions will continue to use it instead of Skype, even after Messenger is “retired”.  While we’ve been giving Skype a casual trial here, we can’t really do without Messenger’s ability to share images (screenshots, in our case), so hopefully that’s one feature coming soon to Skype.  Are you excited about where Microsoft is taking Skype?  Have you already made the transition, or are there features of Messenger that don’t exist in Skype that you can’t do without?

Posted November 5th, 2012 at 9:04 am
Category: News
Tags: Messenger, Skype
  • http://twitter.com/td90uk Tom

    You can just paste screenshots direct from the clipboard into Skype, I prefer it to MSN’s annoying “take your whole window up” way of doing it too.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Apparently only on Skype to Skype conversations, though (??). I don’t appear to be able to share a screenshot even by copy/paste from Skype to Messenger (and no ability to drag and drop)

  • td90uk

    You can just paste screenshots direct from the clipboard into Skype, I prefer it to MSN’s annoying “take your whole window up” way of doing it too.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Apparently only on Skype to Skype conversations, though (??). I don’t appear to be able to share a screenshot even by copy/paste from Skype to Messenger (and no ability to drag and drop)

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    Custom emoticons. I will miss those in Skype.

    • Chad

      Honestly, I view custom emoticons as pretty annoying. I won’t miss them at all.

      • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

        haha fair enough. The good thing though was that you could disable them if you didn’t like them :)

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    Custom emoticons. I will miss those in Skype.

    • Chad

      Honestly, I view custom emoticons as pretty annoying. I won’t miss them at all.

      • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

        haha fair enough. The good thing though was that you could disable them if you didn’t like them :)

  • http://twitter.com/AndyD33 Andy D

    Nice ninja edit on the title! The Facebook page still shows the old one though.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      yup, sorry about the little mixup

  • Andy D

    Nice ninja edit on the title! The Facebook page still shows the old one though.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      yup, sorry about the little mixup

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshjacob Josh Jacob

    hopefully they include the file transfer function

    • Chad

      If I remember correctly, you can transfer files through skype. I remember sending pictures, but I haven’t tried sending other file types.

  • Josh Jacob

    hopefully they include the file transfer function

    • Chad

      If I remember correctly, you can transfer files through skype. I remember sending pictures, but I haven’t tried sending other file types.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

    Made the transition. Hope Windows 8 native app will get improved soon, as it lacks much of the desktop app’s functionality. Also, want Windows Phone 7.8 to include the integrated Skype functionality of Windows Phone 8.The fact that message threats are stored in a common back-end is a feature that I have long longed for. With this it is not necessary for the other to be online too; great.

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    Made the transition. Hope Windows 8 native app will get improved soon, as it lacks much of the desktop app’s functionality. Also, want Windows Phone 7.8 to include the integrated Skype functionality of Windows Phone 8.The fact that message threats are stored in a common back-end is a feature that I have long longed for. With this it is not necessary for the other to be online too; great.

  • Gerry Rivers

    i personally made the switch from all messengers including Oovoo & Messenger along time ago to Skype its just more popular amongst my friends. It has a nice interface, works great with other programs including Google Chrome, and its robust feature list is awesome

  • Gerry Rivers

    i personally made the switch from all messengers including Oovoo & Messenger along time ago to Skype its just more popular amongst my friends. It has a nice interface, works great with other programs including Google Chrome, and its robust feature list is awesome

  • garak0410

    They need to fix the “Metro” app for sure when it comes to Live Messenger: No video chat with live messenger contacts and the messenger service often disconnects and/or you just don’t see your WLM contacts…

  • garak0410

    They need to fix the “Metro” app for sure when it comes to Live Messenger: No video chat with live messenger contacts and the messenger service often disconnects and/or you just don’t see your WLM contacts…

  • Chad

    This had to happen. Messenger was quickly dying and became another myspace pretty much. Hardly anyone uses it anymore as they’ve all moved over to facebook.

  • Chad

    This had to happen. Messenger was quickly dying and became another myspace pretty much. Hardly anyone uses it anymore as they’ve all moved over to facebook.

  • leoniDAM

    I’ll miss you WLM :(

    I’ll miss you Messenger Plus!
    I’ll miss you A-Patch!

  • leoniDAM

    I’ll miss you WLM :(

    I’ll miss you Messenger Plus!
    I’ll miss you A-Patch!