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?