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Microsoft announced in January that Windows Live Messenger would be replaced by Skype on March 15, 2013. Many people have been wondering if you can still use Windows Live Messenger after the cut-off date.

The short answer is: No

That is unless you're in mainland China where Windows Live Messenger will still be supported. When March 15, 2013 rolls around, it's unclear how Microsoft will shutter Windows Live Messenger, but they are encouraging users to start using Skype now. You can sign in with your Microsoft account to import your contacts.

Skype is already integrated into Windows 8 and you can connect to your friends when you sign in with your Microsoft account. Skype released a quick help guide to move from Windows Live Messenger to Skype and it's very simple: Sign into Skype with your Microsoft account.

Windows Live Messenger and Skype have co-existed for some time and it appears that Microsoft is now ready to replace the aged program with the more popular chat app. One major reason that Skype is taking over messaging duties from Windows Live Messenger is that there is already a huge user base on mobile devices along with the OS-specific program on Windows and Mac.

It's best to start using Skype now as your primary messenger app if you've been using Windows Live Messenger. On March 15, it's unknown how abrupt the closure of Messenger will be. Microsoft's contact import is seamless and it shouldn't take much time to adjust to Skype if you've never used it before.

If you are really against using Skype, there are a lot of other multi-platform instant messaging apps to choose from, but the ones that support Messenger will not be able to offer that once Microsoft shuts Messenger down.

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  • yasser |
    13/02/13
    yasser

    hi , i have merged my skype + hotmail id , but now i can not add email ID in my hotmail add list , pls help

  • Karen Griffee |
    13/02/13
    Karen Griffee

    the printing in skype is not usable for a person with vision problems

  • DJ |
    14/02/13
    DJ

    Skype stinks. You can't delete the current conversation without going thru a bunch of steps, and the DO NOT SAVE CONVERSATION button does not work

  • erik |
    14/02/13
    erik

    dont like skype it sucks! want the old msn back

  • sam |
    14/02/13
    sam

    Skype s*cks!!!!

  • me |
    14/02/13
    me

    So did they think about the business world who uses their Live services (Live@EDU/Office365)and this affects their network traffic/bandwidth useage?

  • Christopher Park |
    14/02/13
    Christopher Park

    Skype is getting integrated into Office products, but Microsoft is also pushing the use of Skydrive

  • Dan Hirst |
    14/02/13
    Dan Hirst

    I no longer get regular E-Mail notifications and cannot use my own emoticons. I DON'T LIKE SKYPE AT ALL.

  • Daniel |
    15/02/13
    Daniel

    Skype is cr*p, get rid of it.

  • SmartyPants |
    15/02/13
    SmartyPants

    I thought maybe with Microsoft supposedly combining the best of both, that Skype would be better than it was.... But it's not. You can't personalize it at all, can't change the colour of your font, can't separate the contacts list from the conversation window without seriously slowing your computer down. Is Microsoft taking into account customer opinion? Or are they assuming that more people using Skype means their MSN customers are going to like it too?I don't understand why they can't bring some of Skype's top features into MSN and give customers the option of using one or the other or both without getting rid of either.

  • pipit.cuexgirlz |
    15/02/13
    pipit.cuexgirlz

    hiii

  • Taph |
    15/02/13
    Taph

    Skype s*cks. Now I use Trillian instead. Too bad Microsoft for ditching a good IM over a bad one.

  • williams flora |
    16/02/13
    williams  flora

    I thought maybe with Microsoft supposedly combining the best of both, that Skype would be better than it was.... But it's not. You can't personalize it at all, can't change the colour of your font, can't separate the contacts list from the conversation window without seriously slowing your computer down. Is Microsoft taking into account customer opinion? Or are they assuming that more people using Skype means their MSN customers are going to like it too?I don't understand why they can't bring some of Skype's top features into MSN and give customers the option of using one or the other or both without getting rid of either

  • Lost_A_Customer_Developer |
    16/02/13
    Lost_A_Customer_Developer

    Microsoft is striking out here.

    Should have taken best of Skype and merged it onto Messenger. Messenger UI is much better than Skype.

    Windows 8, Surface , Messenger retirement = 3 strikes (Just have to wait and see how they scr*w up OFFICE next)

    I'm embracing Chrome, Google Talk , Android... its been a great 25 years Microsoft.

  • Caitlin |
    17/02/13
    Caitlin

    No, this s*cks.

  • Lucy |
    17/02/13
    Lucy

    Messenger needs to stay. C'mon really, skype..

  • NELDEN |
    18/02/13
    NELDEN

    have no idea what you tried to do but it was wrong ,, can't get e;mails can't get anything to work ... come on why fix things if they wern't broke ,,,,put it back the way it was

  • steffi |
    19/02/13
    steffi

    Skype is cr*p..its deleted 8 years worth of messenger contacts overnight and wont let me re add anyone

  • Sherry |
    19/02/13
    Sherry

    how do I email pictures and files with Skype?

  • FLORA DAVIS |
    19/02/13
    FLORA DAVIS

    I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE ASKED YOUR CUSTOMERS ABOUT A BIG STEP LIKE THIS. MESSENGER DOES SO MUCH MORE THAN SKYPE...THIS IS LIKE PUTTING US IN A SINKING BOAT WITH NO OARS TO PADDLE TO LAND. BAD MOVE, AND YOU MAY LOSE MORE THAN MESSENGER FANS.

  • D.C. |
    20/02/13
    D.C.

    What the hell were they thinking??? Skype totally s*cks!!! You can't even use a damn color for your font! No visual colors or backgrounds at all. And as far as I can see no more games. I'll be looking around for a new im service!!!

  • Anatina |
    20/02/13
    Anatina

    This s*cks and I plan to take all my messenger contacts today and move them to my private email and when I wish to chat I will find another chat program to use! So long msn for making my decisions for me. A true dictatorship on board with the agenda!

  • Travis |
    01/03/13
    Travis

    Where are the Games on skype?

  • Ernie Federspiel |
    01/03/13
    Ernie Federspiel

    Just starting a small business and love the messenger service provided but, if I have to go to Skype I guess it's time to move on. Still got 2 weeks left to clear all my data out of live. Thanks for downgrading what was perfectly fine!

  • Ileana |
    09/03/13
    Ileana

    Skype really really s*cks the big one, I did the merge and everything went great then all my contacts dissapeared and skype won't help me get them back

  • Wine Traveler |
    27/03/13
    Wine Traveler

    I tried Skype and it blows. I even tried the latest version and it still blows. I want my winks and my Live messenger.

  • Dan |
    10/04/13
    Dan

    Sorry Christopher but you are wrong. I can still use my Messenger to chat to people I know in China from Australia and they can chat back to me. I did this on the 9th and 10th of April 2013.

  • Someone |
    10/04/13
    Someone

    I can use Messenger and chat with my friends( on 10th,9th of April) in Hungary

  • Tor Ferrara |
    11/04/13
    Tor Ferrara

    I can use Messenger and chat with my friends on April 11th in province of Palermo.

  • christopher.park |
    11/04/13
    christopher.park

    Skype announced in February that they pushed the date to April 8, 2013.

    http://onsoftware.en.softonic.com/skype-pushes-back-windows-live-messenger-discontinuation-starts-testing-video-voicemail

    On the 8th, Skype said the rollout would take a couple weeks to complete.

    http://onsoftware.en.softonic.com/migration-from-windows-live-messenger-to-skype-begins-today

    So even though it works now, you may find that Messenger will not connect at some point in the future.

  • Pauline |
    14/04/13
    Pauline

    Skype does stink its not fun anymore cant even put family and friends separate and they emotions are well as elderly person who never uses bad language ITS CR*P will definately use someone else

  • Valerie Poupart |
    25/04/13
    Valerie Poupart

    SKYPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT MY OLDEST VERSION BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im a angry costumer right now.

  • dee |
    25/04/13
    dee

    thi sis rediculous!!! cghanges made dont work. it is not user friendly. who thinks these thing up anyway??? give me a way to revert to the old version PLEASE!!!!

  • Paulette |
    25/04/13
    Paulette

    I dont see any good thing about the change , my messenger was good , so is skype , why not keep both separed everything change hotmail sameway it was good the way it was before,

  • Gordon Evans |
    27/04/13
    Gordon Evans

    I cannot add my hotmail NEW contacts if they dont have a skype ID typical cr*p site flexibility is what is needed - someone tell me hoe to add friends who only have msn hotmail ids???? unhappy :(((

  • Mike |
    28/04/13
    Mike

    Skype s*cks. I was able to get my old messenger back but for how long? Skypes print is small and there are no custom options like the old messenger had. Bad move.

  • Andy |
    30/04/13
    Andy

    Have to agree with other users here. MSN/ windows live users were forced to switch to skype when us live users were given no choice and skype is no good. Would be nice to have the windows live messenger back, but guess we`ll have find an older version.

  • ian |
    01/05/13
    ian

    skype is bad for business ,no pop up on the emails so i keep mising orders !!!!!!!!!!!!!wth did you do this for???

    need a new one for emails that tells me "new email" ??

    anyone pls help

    i cant run this c**p

  • Paul |
    02/05/13
    Paul

    i switched over to skype when i didn`t want it , could not access my old msn account to check emails over last couple of days . thuoght my old mmsn messages would have been transferred over aswell , but nothing . abit pissed off with this as needed some of my old messages from msn for infomation and contacts . thxs for nothing skype . the ultimate word NOTHING .

  • MG |
    04/05/13
    MG

    Windows live messenger won't let me sign in today! They forced me to use their new version though I chose the 'no' on the option they gave! Don't understand why they force people to use Skype! Wish they consider the consumers feelings and get msn back, can they?!

  • Amy |
    23/05/13
    Amy

    Hi,I do not like using Skype at all consider bringing back window live messenger please think about it the majority of customers urging you to bring it backkkkkkkkkkk

  • Erin |
    27/05/13
    Erin

    This change sucks. Obviously Skype cannot replace window live messager now.

  • jed |
    27/05/13
    jed

    messenger is much better

  • Condor |
    29/05/13
    Condor

    Skype sucks and lost all my nickname information and thank you Microsoft for screwing it up again!

  • Stefan |
    29/05/13
    Stefan

    wy carnt we get regular E-Mail notifications like we did with msn i like skype for some things but not for a messenger its rubbish

  • Anna |
    04/06/13
    Anna

    Please put the games back on Skype especially solitaire showdown, I been playing it for years with my sister and we love it its like our sanity ,we laugh all the time and it keeps us sane. I'm very bored now so pease Skype put the games back on.

  • alienfromzog |
    07/06/13
    alienfromzog

    I love Skype - or rather I did. As a means of having video-calls with friends across the world. I have always used messenger differently.

    The IM part of Skype has never been very good but that's not what it was made for.

    In the meantime, there is some relief fokes... Try this and get Messenger back:

    http://messengergeek.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/use-messenger-reviver-2-to-bring-back-messenger-and-beat-skype/

  • Golum |
    24/06/13
    Golum

    skype sucks ass bring back msn

  • jes |
    28/06/13
    jes

    Skype SUCKS big time...... bring back MSN

  • Anna |
    29/06/13
    Anna

    Please please put solitaire showdown back ,if Skype bought msn how Come they don't have the games. I really love that game and my sister and I use to play it nearly everyday . Especially for older people its something to look forward to every afternoon. Surely it can't be that difficult and I know there are a lot of people who want it back so please Skype if you got a heart put the games people use to enjoy on msm back............

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