Microsoft to Migrate Messenger Users to Skype April 8
Microsoft today provided an update regarding its plans to transition customers away from its Live Messenger product to Skype. Microsoft originally planned to shut down Windows Live Messenger, its online instant messaging service, beginning March 15. Now, it will transition just a small percentage of users to its Skype platform at that time, with the first significant waves to follow on April 8. Microsoft will transition English-speaking users first, with others to follow over the course of several weeks. Microsoft expects to transition all Windows Live Messenger users to Skype by April 30. Microsoft is currently offering Windows Phone 8 users a beta of its new Skype client, which already encompasses users' Windows Live contacts. The Windows Live IM app will continue to work on WP8 devices until April 30.