Windows Live Messenger: Will be no more
By mission winter90 - Sat Nov 10, 6:56 pm
Windows Live Messenger
Microsoft has announced it intends to “retire” its instant message tool Windows Live Messenger and replace it with Skype’s messaging tool.Through out the world except China.
Microsoft said” Windows Live Messenger (WLM) would be turned off by March 2013 worldwide, with the exception of China”.
The news comes 18 months after the software giant announced it was paying $8.5bn (£5.3bn) for the communications software developer.It reflects the firm’s determination to focus its efforts on Skype.
Windows Live Messenger launched in 1999 when it was known as MSN Messenger. Over time, photo delivery, video calls and games were added to the package’s text-based message.User numbers for Windows Live Messenger have been dropping in recent years. According to Tech Crunch, the instant messaging service may have lost around 200 million users since 2010.
But the report suggested WLM’s US audience had fallen to 8.3 million unique users, representing a 48% drop year-on-year. By contrast, the number of people using Skype to instant message each other grew over the period.
The Skype blog said: “We want to focus our efforts on making things simpler for our users while continuously improving the overall experience. We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013.”
However Skype has grown to become more relevant to Microsoft, with the company keen to reinvent itself in the mobile and tablet market following the recent launch of its Surface tablet and Windows 8 operating system.For those saddened or even annoyed by the news Microsoft said it’s all about the people not the app itself. Users can sign into Skype with the same account details they use for Messenger.