Hotmail, Microsoft’s classic email platform, is set to retire in the very near future. And with it the company has also decided to pull the plug off its Messenger service and move its gigantic user base over to Skype.
The English version of Windows Live Messenger are set to go dark on April 8, while localized versions of the software for other companies have until April 30 to transition over.
And with the deadline fast approaching, Microsoft has started sending email reminders to its registered users. Microsoft already communicated this a few weeks back, but these new emails inform users what is in store for them.
In an email sent to users the company has started reminding them that Windows Live Messenger is soon set to become unavailable, while Skype is the alternative it has lined up as a replacement:
“Hello, as you may have heard, starting April 8th, 2013 we are bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together, including your IM and contact list. (April 8th is the first day that you may be required to upgrade to Skype)”.
The company further explained that while change is hard it is making sure that the transitions goes on as smooth as possible, while also promising a special welcome present:
“We know saying goodbye can be hard, but don’t worry. Not only will all your Messenger contacts appear in Skype when you upgrade and sign-in, but you can also redeem a free welcome gift. Follow the instructions below to enjoy calls to landlines and mobiles around the world, group video calling, group screen sharing (and more) absolutely free for a month. We want to thank you for being a Messenger customer and even more, are excited to welcome you to Skype!”
Reports have emerged that many users are outraged by Microsoft’s decision to completely kill of Messenger completely. Some have even refused the migration to Skype citing that the VoIP platform lacks all of the features they need.