Microsoft To Merge Windows Live Messenger & Skype On April 8th

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Windows Live Messenger users will be able to use their messenger a little longer thanks to a delay.  It was reported earlier this year that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was to stop using their popular Windows-based messenger in favor of Skype, which they acquired for $8.5 billion.

Microsoft To Merge Windows Live Messenger & Skype On April 8th

Skype recently posted the following on their blog explaining the delay which pushed back the transition to April 8.  The transition originally was to take place on March 15.

Tom Warren, from The Verge, added that a small number of people will make the change on the original date. Although a bigger number of users were initially slated for the change on the day, the early tests were still promising enough to decrease the number of the first group.

On April 8, the English language version of Windows Live Messenger will be the first to upgrade. Following that a couple of weeks later, the Brazilian Portuguese version will be upgraded. The final upgrade should be before April 30 although there are no guaranties.

Those who live in China can rest assure that Windows Live Messenger will remain the same.

Microsoft’s decision to switch Windows Live Messenger for Skype may prove to be successful if given the right amount of users who are pleased with the change. Fortunately, Windows Live Messenger users everywhere  will still be able to access the messenger on mobile devices.

This change only affects those who use the messenger on the desktop or laptop. So if you’re still keen to using MLW, you will still be able to access it on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

The new Skype upgrade has multiple benefits such as Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)-integrated video call service and group chats. This upgrade will give all users a premium experience that only Skype can provide. It’s only a matter of time until other companies create Skype-like messengers.

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