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Microsoft To Retire Messenger On 15th March; Merge Features With Skype

Microsoft has announced that it would be migrating all users of its Messenger service to Skype, and shutting down Messenger on 15th March 2013 in all regions except mainland China. The company has started sending emails to Messenger users informing them about the date, mentioning that it would be integrating features of Messenger in Skype, according to ZDNet. The move follows Microsoft's previous announcement in November 2012, on the Skype Blog, where it had mentioned plans to retire Messenger in the first quarter of 2013. Microsoft had integrated the ability to sign-in via Microsoft accounts in Skype starting with Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows, and started displaying users' Messenger contacts within Skype in later versions, and on Skype for Windows 8. Users simply need to login to Skype using their Microsoft accounts, following which they'd get the option of…

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