Microsoft Will Force Messenger Migration to Skype From April

The Microsoft today announced the details of how it will happen the user migration Windows Live Messenger for Skype, IM bought by the Redmond company for just over $ 8 billion. Who uses the old Microsoft instant messaging will be forced to migrate to Skype from April 8.

Windows Live Messenger users in English will be the first forced to migrate. The logo of the month, users of other languages ​​will transition and those with Brazilian Portuguese in settings the last to migrate – these users will have until April 30 to complete the transition. Microsoft also says that only in China Messenger will continue to function normally.

The transition will be gradual, according to the announcement today on the official Skype blog. When trying to log in, Messenger users receive the message that the service will be discontinued and the log will not be done. They will then be directed to Skype as an installer should remove the background Messenger.

Already users of services that use the XMPP protocol to communicate with Windows Live Messenger servers will have until October to adjust. Microsoft also said that in the future will make new announcements related to Xbox Messenger and other applications.

Even in China the service to continue running, we can consider this the final nail in the coffin Messenger. What Skype gain from it? About 100 million users, if they all migrate. The estimate of The Next Web is that this will make the service grow by about 17% overnight.

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