Microsoft to retire Messenger on March 15
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 09, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Microsoft on Wednesday
announced that its instant messaging service Messenger will be
officially shut down on March 15, reminding users to move to
Skype, the real-time Internet communication service it bought in
In an email to users titled "Important info about your
Messenger account," Microsoft said Messenger's more than 100
million users can migrate to Skype by signing in with their
Microsoft accounts and enjoy features like instant messaging,
video calling on cell phones and screen sharing.
Microsoft acquired the VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol)
service Skype in May 2011 for 8.5 billion U.S. dollars and planned
to gradually merge it into its every product, like Xbox and
Last November, the software giant announced it will move
Messenger's users to Skype in the first quarter of 2013 with the
exception of Chinese mainland where Messenger will continue to be
Microsoft's Messenger service is often referred as "MSN" as it
was first launched as "MSN messenger" in 1999.
In June 2009, on the 10th anniversary of Messenger's release,
Microsoft said the service attracted over 330 million active users
each month worldwide.
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