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Windows Live Messenger To Be Scrapped By 2013, Microsoft Encourages Users To Turn To Skype

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Goodbye, Windows Live Messenger. As the BBC notes, Microsoft will soon be retiring its instant message chat tool and will instead be encouraging users to use Skype. ”Skype and Messenger are coming together,” wrote Tony Bates, President of the Skype Division at Microsoft, on Tuesday. “We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available).” Brian Hall, general manager of Microsoft’s Windows Live unit, had a similar message for users on the Windows blog. Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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