According to The Verge, Microsoft is planning on retiring its Windows Live Messenger. Most of us in the tech world knew this would happen eventually after Microsoft announced their purchase of Skype a while back. With the new v6 for Windows and Mac, you can log into Skype with your Microsoft Account or Facebook. According to The Verge, Microsoft could announce the EOL (End-Of-Life) as early as this week and only give it a few more months before shutting down.
What remains to be seen is how they’ll integrate Skype into Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Both platforms have Messenger built-in, along with Facebook, but as of now, Skype is still a separate app. That app will copy your contacts into your Microsoft Account, but its not as integrated as Messenger currently is. I don’t think they’ll shut Messenger down until they get Skype fully integrated, and it’ll be pretty nice once they do that! Back when Microsoft announced Outlook.com, Skype integration was one feature they said would be coming soon. We’re still waiting on that one.
Microsoft has now confirmed its plans, saying that it will discontinue Live Messenger in Q1 2013 (except in China) and will be migrating all accounts over to Skype. They’re encouraging everyone to download the latest version of Skype to manually migrate your accounts together.