Windows Live Video Messages beta to be discontinued July 21

Windows Live Video Messages logoAs Windows Live Essentials Wave 4 nears public release, Microsoft will be shutting off several current services due to consolidation of their services in the new version. We know that Office Live Workspaces is being migrated to Windows Live Office last week, and today Microsoft has sent out e-mails to its Windows Live Video Messages customers notifying them that their service will soon be discontinued:

Dear Windows Live Video Messages Customer,

The Windows Live Video Messages Beta website will be retired on July 21, 2010. After this date, you won’t be able to send, receive, or view video messages using the website.

If you have video messages that you want to keep, you’ll need to save them to your computer before this date.

To save a video message to your computer:
1. Go to the Video Messages Beta website and sign in with your Windows Live ID.
2. Open a video message and then click the Save button.(You can only save video messages if the sender has given you permissions to save or forward their video message.)
3. Choose a location on your computer, enter a name for the file, and then click Save.

Thank you for your interest in this beta program. For information on other Windows Live products that work with your webcam, go to Windows Live Essentials.

We know that the new Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 will have built-in Video Messages functionality, so the shut down of the Video Messages beta website is kind of expected. Now that the discontinuation of Office Live Workspaces and Video Messages has been announced, and we know that Live Mesh is being replaced by Sync, Devices and SkyDrive, we wonder when will they announce about Live Mesh’s discontinuation?

(Thanks to JohnCz for the tip! Keep them coming!)