Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) may cease the service of Windows Live Messenger (which was formerly named as MSN Messenger) in the coming months and according to TheVerge, Microsoft might be planning to integrate the service into Skype.
For now, we don't have any official confirmation from Microsoft about this. This decision makes sense as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been in the process to slowly retire the entire Windows Live brand. It was previously reported that Microsoft will retire the entire Windows Live Brand ahead of Windows 8's official launch.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has released Windows Live Messenger 2012 back in August, and has been slow in launching an updated version. This move by Microsoft would mean that the company won't need to keep and maintain two separate products.
For now, users of Skype for Mac and Windows are greeted with the option to login using a Microsoft or Facebook account. This means that once Windows Live Messenger retires, all users will need to start using Skype to login to their Microsoft account. This also means that Skype will soon see an increase in number of users.
The company may announce news of retirement of Windows Live Messenger as early as this week. We'll keep you informed if we hear anything from Microsoft about this.