Messenger era to come to an end March 15th

By Kip Kniskern | Posted January 8, 2013 13 comments

Windows_Live_Messenger_LogoAlthough we haven’t received an email (yet), a number of sites are reporting that Microsoft has sent out emails today announcing that the last day for Windows Live Messenger will be March 15th, 2013.

As we reported earlier, Microsoft acknowledged that it was ending the life of Windows Live Messenger, and replacing it with the Skype client, sometime in “the first quarter” of 2013.  Now, according to these emails, that date has been revealed to be March 15th.

So what will happen?  According to a FAQ included in the email (via The Next Web), after having prompted Messenger users to upgrade to Skype, on March 15th that move will be made mandatory:

So, what’s happening between now and 15th March?
Messenger will continue to work as you know it today. If you are signed in with Messenger on your desktop** you will see a banner notification to upgrade. When you click on the banner, an installer window will open with the request to upgrade. This will take you through our installer flow to install Skype and automatically uninstall Messenger.

So, what’s happening after 15th March?
Messenger users on desktops** will not be able to sign in and will only be able to upgrade to Skype. If you attempt to sign in, a notification will appear, and if you continue, you will be taken through our installer flow to install Skype and automatically uninstall Messenger at the same time.

** Newer versions of Messenger will be able to receive the optional upgrade notifications. Older versions will not receive the notifications and you will have to download Skype manually.

While there’s not much we can do about the upcoming switch, we can’t help but feel that the move to Skype, which in the long run should be a good move and will offer better video calling and the brand power of Skype, isn’t much more than a step backward in functionality, at least for now.  No tabbed conversations, a dated interface, seemingly lots of bugs, no instant photo sharing… the list of what’s missing in Skype vs. Windows Live Messenger goes on and on.

Still, we bit the bullet and switched to Skype after the initial announcement, and it’s a workable, if not enjoyable, IM client.  If you haven’t made the switch, you have until March 15th to make the move, willingly or otherwise.

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 9:49 pm
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Messenger, Skype
  • Tribbiani

    When it comes to IM, Skype sucks.

  • Davud

    When it comes to IM, Skype sucks.

  • http://www.richspalding.com RichSpalding

    After moving to Win8 I veto’d Messenger and Skype desktop apps in favour of their Metro counterparts. So I’m really interested in whether Skype will get Message Hub intergration, and if the Skype App will change.

    Multiple points of presence seems to be a bug bear of Skype. It doesn’t handle incoming calls when logged in via Metro App and WP8 App at the same time. I wonder if IM’s will suffer in the same way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/SethThomas98 Seth Thomas

      So yeah, Skype Metro does have IM.

  • http://www.richspalding.com RichSpalding

    After moving to Win8 I veto’d Messenger and Skype desktop apps in favour of their Metro counterparts. So I’m really interested in whether Skype will get Message Hub intergration, and if the Skype App will change.

    Multiple points of presence seems to be a bug bear of Skype. It doesn’t handle incoming calls when logged in via Metro App and WP8 App at the same time. I wonder if IM’s will suffer in the same way.

    • seth thomas

      So yeah, Skype Metro does have IM.

  • MsRose

    Skype is beyond useless for IM.

    So does this kill the backend service so we can’t just jump to signing in with Trillian or Pidgin for example? I assume it does.

  • MsRose

    Skype is beyond useless for IM.

    So does this kill the backend service so we can’t just jump to signing in with Trillian or Pidgin for example? I assume it does.

  • William C Bonner

    I’ve been a stalwart, avoiding third party messenger apps for years. It’s funny that MS itself is the reason I’m looking into alternatives.

    Currently my machine runs Lync, MS Messenger, and Skype. All are MS Messenging products. Skype is the worst for IM chatting. Can it initiate a remote assistance connection at all?

    • sbcookiemonster

      Skype allows screen sharing which is limited in comparison. More like voice guiding than actual remote assistance. Quality as far as I can remember on messenger for remote assistance was terrible and slow. Teamviewer always worked better in my opinion

  • William C Bonner

    I’ve been a stalwart, avoiding third party messenger apps for years. It’s funny that MS itself is the reason I’m looking into alternatives.

    Currently my machine runs Lync, MS Messenger, and Skype. All are MS Messenging products. Skype is the worst for IM chatting. Can it initiate a remote assistance connection at all?

    • sbcookiemonster

      Skype allows screen sharing which is limited in comparison. More like voice guiding than actual remote assistance. Quality as far as I can remember on messenger for remote assistance was terrible and slow. Teamviewer always worked better in my opinion

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