Skype: Windows Live Messenger “retirement” official–gone by 1st quarter 2013

By Kip Kniskern | Posted November 6, 2012 38 comments

Earlier this week, we reported on a The Verge post saying that Microsoft is planning to retire Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype, the service it acquired back in May, 2011.  Now today, Skype has made the retirement official, posting on The Big Blog, the official Skype blog:

We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available).

Although Skype just updated its Windows and Mac clients recently, there is a new update, with a big difference: this new update will uninstall Messenger as it moves you to Skype.  We’ve gone ahead and made the move here, just to try it out, but do be careful: if you’re not sure that you’re ready to leave Messenger just yet (you’ll have until the “first quarter of 2013”), don’t install this latest update.  You will be prompted to complete the un-installation:

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Switching full time to Skype from Messenger, which we’ve been using for years, and in many ways was the reason we started LiveSide (the founders of LiveSide all met in a series of MSN Messenger beta programs) is going to take some getting used to, but as we’ve said before, it really doesn’t make much sense to keep the two products running side by side, and the handwriting has been on the wall for Messenger for quite some time.

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 10:22 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Messenger, Skype
  • http://www.about.me/liamdaly Liam

    It does make sense, out of the two products Skype is better, I just hope Skype doesnt become more bloated in the process.

    • JohnCz

      Because Skype is run independently of the Windows online division, I think there will not be as much risk of that.

  • http://www.about.me/liamdaly Liam Daly

    It does make sense, out of the two products Skype is better, I just hope Skype doesnt become more bloated in the process.

    • JohnCz

      Because Skype is run independently of the Windows online division, I think there will not be as much risk of that.

  • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

    This is Microsoft moving at a much faster pace than I anticipated. Although this is good news. :)

    • Danial Horton

      if you’re a fucking peon

      WLM2009 STILL BETTER THAN SKYPE

  • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

    This is Microsoft moving at a much faster pace than I anticipated. Although this is good news. :)

    • Danial Horton

      if you’re a fucking peon

      WLM2009 STILL BETTER THAN SKYPE

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hanfordsmith Jason Hanford-Smith

    I wonder what this means for the separate Messenger and Skype “New UI” apps in Windows 8

  • Jason Hanford-Smith

    I wonder what this means for the separate Messenger and Skype “New UI” apps in Windows 8

  • Kiwutyu

    Now by ‘retire’, do they mean it’ll stop working?

  • Kiwutyu

    Now by ‘retire’, do they mean it’ll stop working?

  • http://twitter.com/bart_willeman Bart Willeman

    Yep Messenger will stop working. Like Jason, I am curious what happens to the Messenger app in Windows 8. Will they just kill that as well and only keep the Skype app? It does seem to make sense…..

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      The Messaging app in Windows 8 supports Facebook chat, while the Skype Windows 8 app doesn’t (yet). The Skype app also doesn’t automatically start in the background when you log into your PC (you have to manually start it before receiving messages), but the Messaging app does. Also, the Messaging app is included with all Windows 8/RT PCs, while Skype is usually an app from the Store. So until they fix the above, which make take a while, I think the messaging app will remain. I hope they integrate Skype with it (replacing messenger) so for basic text chat there are the advantages above and for video etc. people can use the optional main Skype app.

      • NicolaMantovani

        ^this. messaging app for, well, messages, main Skype app “to Skype”. but the messages app needs group chat support, since wlm, fb and skype (at least I think, never been really a Skype user) all supports it already.

  • http://twitter.com/bart_willeman Bart Willeman

    Yep Messenger will stop working. Like Jason, I am curious what happens to the Messenger app in Windows 8. Will they just kill that as well and only keep the Skype app? It does seem to make sense…..

    • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

      The Messaging app in Windows 8 supports Facebook chat, while the Skype Windows 8 app doesn’t (yet). The Skype app also doesn’t automatically start in the background when you log into your PC (you have to manually start it before receiving messages), but the Messaging app does. Also, the Messaging app is included with all Windows 8/RT PCs, while Skype is usually an app from the Store. So until they fix the above, which make take a while, I think the messaging app will remain. I hope they integrate Skype with it (replacing messenger) so for basic text chat there are the advantages above and for video etc. people can use the optional main Skype app.

      • NicolaMantovani

        ^this. messaging app for, well, messages, main Skype app “to Skype”. but the messages app needs group chat support, since wlm, fb and skype (at least I think, never been really a Skype user) all supports it already.

  • archerian

    When will Skype be integrated with Office 365 / Microsoft Online? That will be killer synergy

    • JohnCz

      Yes, that is the plan. I believe the degree of integration will depend on the Office 365 subscription. For example, Office 365 Small Business users will still be offered the Lync client which provides the ability to chat with Skype members too. This should be available around the time Office 365 is updated with Office 2013.

      • archerian

        nice to know its making its way to Microsoft Online too, I thought it would be supported only in Lync 2013 on-site deployments. One missing piece in Office365 (or rather Lync Online) is the lack of dial-in numbers for conferencing. Currently, we have to sign up with third party providers, the experience isn’t so great.

  • archerian

    When will Skype be integrated with Office 365 / Microsoft Online? That will be killer synergy

    • JohnCz

      Yes, that is the plan. I believe the degree of integration will depend on the Office 365 subscription. For example, Office 365 Small Business users will still be offered the Lync client which provides the ability to chat with Skype members too. This should be available around the time Office 365 is updated with Office 2013.

      • archerian

        nice to know its making its way to Microsoft Online too, I thought it would be supported only in Lync 2013 on-site deployments. One missing piece in Office365 (or rather Lync Online) is the lack of dial-in numbers for conferencing. Currently, we have to sign up with third party providers, the experience isn’t so great.

  • garak0410

    I’ll move to Skype once they add video chats for the WLM messenger users and add this to Video Kinect.

  • garak0410

    I’ll move to Skype once they add video chats for the WLM messenger users and add this to Video Kinect.

  • Kiwutyu

    In that case they are going to need to vastly improve the IM aspect of Skyle.

    Paul Thurrott is saying that section of Skype is very poor and he had to go back to WLM because of missed messages using the Skype IM. That is NOT good.

  • Kiwutyu

    In that case they are going to need to vastly improve the IM aspect of Skyle.

    Paul Thurrott is saying that section of Skype is very poor and he had to go back to WLM because of missed messages using the Skype IM. That is NOT good.

  • Ally

    The fact that it seems impossible to permanent delete messages from Skype (and not to see them when you sign onto a new computer) is the reason why I continue to use MSN today.

    • Amal Aravind

      But you can delete history or even better, not have it at all. Go to Skype options > Im settings-> advanced > “Keep history for:”

      • Ally

        No matter what option i have, i end up seeing it on my Ipod, Laptop and any other device. Its whenever i log onto my account from a different device, all my history of old conversations resurface ):

  • Ally

    The fact that it seems impossible to permanent delete messages from Skype (and not to see them when you sign onto a new computer) is the reason why I continue to use MSN today.

    • Amal Aravind

      But you can delete history or even better, not have it at all. Go to Skype options > Im settings-> advanced > “Keep history for:”

      • Ally

        No matter what option i have, i end up seeing it on my Ipod, Laptop and any other device. Its whenever i log onto my account from a different device, all my history of old conversations resurface ):

  • Asovse1

    I hope this means Skype now has free SMS out, with WLM retiring and all.

  • Asovse1

    I hope this means Skype now has free SMS out, with WLM retiring and all.

  • IHateSkypeYahooAIM

    I AM SO FUCKING MAD!

  • Guest

    I AM SO FUCKING MAD!