Microsoft to Retire Windows Live Messenger in Favor of Skype

Skype, which became a division of Microsoft roughly a year ago, will now be the companies’ go-to solution for communication as it usurps the position once held by Live Messenger.

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge, has it on good authority that the Live Messenger product will officially be replaced by Skype as early as this week:

The company will announce the retirement of Windows Live Messenger soon, possibly as early as this week according to sources. The move follows efforts by Skype to link Microsoft accounts to Skype login names ahead of its global retirement plan for Windows Live Messenger.

Microsoft has continuously striven to eliminate product overlap and confusing product lines over the last few years as the company seemingly shifts from being driven by the demands of foreign corporations to the ideas of engineers and designers.

[The Verge]

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