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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

November 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Microsoft retires Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype

Microsoft announced that it is retiring Windows Live Messenger — its instant messaging client that works with many of Microsoft’s platforms — in favor of Skype.

The company plans to end Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (except for in mainland China).

According to the official Skype blog:

This effort started with the release of Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows a few weeks ago, which allows you to sign into Skype using a Microsoft account. Now Messenger users just need to update to the latest version of Skype, sign in using a Microsoft account, and their Messenger contacts will be there.

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