We’ll categorize this post under “News that wont’ surprise a single person”. It seems that the Verge is reporting that Microsoft is going to retire Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype.

According to the rumor, the official announcement is coming within a week or so. With new forms of integration for Facebook and Microsoft accounts already arriving, this isn’t that surprising at all. There is nothing that Windows Live can do that Skype can’t, and Skype is much more popular and recognized at this point.

If the rumor proves true, Microsoft will phase out Windows Live Messenger VERY quickly. In a few months it will be shut down and be nothing more than a memory.

While we’ve seen the writing on the wall for a while now, this is admittedly quicker pace than I personally thought that Microsoft would take when it comes to phasing out the iconic Messenger service. It might not be as popular as it once was, but it continues to be in use by many people (mostly younger folk I’d wager).

So no Windows Live Messenger after early 2013? Sounds reasonable I suppose. Anyone going to miss Windows Live Messenger or do you say good riddance?

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  • Guest

    Sad 🙁

  • Sergio Pabon

    Sad…I have been using Windows Live Messenger since I started using a computer…I still like/use it, but the truth is that most people I know don’t.

  • Sam Falcon

    This is crap, I don’t want skype or I would have been using it already

  • Guest

    RIP Windows live messenger chatting on xbox while ingame. I need a headset :L

  • Robert Kegel

    I haven’t used Windows live Messenger in years so I say goodbye!

  • http://www.stevenwb.com swbuehler

    Not surprised, considering the “Metro UI” version of Skype asks you to start signing in with a Microsoft Account.

  • Clara Nelson

    Yes it’s not an shocking news at all. The metro look and the app of Skype on windows store asking for login with Facebook and msn login makes it a legit news. The messenger is going to be shuted down.

  • Ebony Jones

    Guys I think you have made a mistake their if Microsoft is gonna shutdown the portal of messenger than why it is pre-installed in windows 8 pro version.I don’t think it’s going too shutdown that soon.I love my messenger and still using it in Windows 8 PRO.

  • Alphere

    Correct me if I’m wrong but Skype doesn’t have those colorful themes in Messenger.