Microsoft plans to close Windows Live Messenger service on March 15

Microsoft has declared that it’ll pull the plug on Windows Messenger on March 15. Microsoft disclosed plans in November to move customers of the service over to Skype.

“On 15th March 2013 we are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together,” read an announcement from Microsoft.

“Update to Skype and sign in using a Microsoft Account (same as your Messenger ID) and all your Messenger contacts will be at your fingertips.

“You’ll be able to instant message and video chat with them just like before, and also discover new ways of staying in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet.”

Microsoft finalized an acquisition of Skype in 2011 for $8.5 billion (£5.4bn), giving rise to speculation that the interaction tool would finally replace Messenger.

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