Microsoft announces date of closure for Messenger
Microsoft has confirmed that its Messenger service will shut down in March 2013.
Users are being informed of this by email, and are being encouraged to migrate to Skype instead.
From 15 March, Messenger users will no longer be able to sign in to the service, previously called MSN Messenger, and will be encouraged to download Skype and log in with their existing Windows Live ID to keep instant messaging with friends.
The email states: “We are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together.
“Update to Skype and sign in using a Microsoft Account and all your Messenger contacts will be at your fingertips. You’ll be able to instant message and video chat with them just like before, and also discover new ways of staying in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet.”