Not too long ago, we learned that Microsoft had plans to retire Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype. Microsoft officially announced back in November of 2012 that Windows Live Messenger and Skype would become one and revealed that beginning April 8th of this year, the transition from Messenger to Skype would begin.
Microsoft has sent out an email to Messenger users reminding them of the April 8th transition date as well as offering one month of free calling for new Skype users. The software giant is referring to this offer as a welcome gift.
With Skype, Microsoft’s goal is to deliver the best communications experience for everyone and making things simple for users while improving overall experience. Messenger users will have broader device support including the iPad and Android tablets, Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place, sharing screens, video calling on mobile phones/Facebook friends, and group video calling, all thanks to Skype.
Here is the content of the email that was sent out by Microsoft:
Further reading: Microsoft, Skype
As you may have heard, starting April 8th, 2013 we are bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together, including your IM and contact list. (April 8th is the first day that you may be required to upgrade to Skype).
We know saying goodbye can be hard, but don’t worry. Not only will all your Messenger contacts appear in Skype when you upgrade and sign-in, but you can also redeem a free welcome gift. Follow the instructions below to enjoy calls to landlines and mobiles around the world, group video calling, group screen sharing (and more) absolutely free for a month. We want to thank you for being a Messenger customer and even more, are excited to welcome you to Skype!
The Messenger and Skype Teams