Perhaps the end of Microsoft Messenger is not quite so close, after all. Microsoft will disable Messenger March 15 as planned. However, it will only be part of a “test group.” Service will actually be cut off for the day.
Most Messenger users have probably heard statements that the service will end. As part of the planned transition Messenger for Skype, Microsoft was getting the message that the Messenger will expire on March 15. In the context of the communication of change to come, Microsoft already made an announcement regarding the end of the service, all users of Windows Live Messenger. Microsoft explained the transition by stating that:
“The March 15, 2013, we are retiring the Messenger service existing global (excluding mainland China, where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the features of Messenger and Skype together. Updated Skype and log in using an account that Microsoft (the same as your Messenger ID) and your Messenger contacts are at your fingertips. You will be able to instant message and video chat with them as before, and also discover new ways to stay in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet. “
Despite previous announcement, however, Microsoft has confirmed that the date of March 15 is only the beginning of the transition. Instead, the actual transition to English-speaking countries Messenger for Skype will start on April 8. Messenger is still scheduled to run on mobile devices and multi-network clients such as Adium. However, even this should not last long. While Messenger fans can enjoy a few extra days granted to them, the end is always near. Maybe Microsoft hopes that the outcome will most progressive users an easier transition to Skype.
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