Windows Live Messenger becomes Skype in April
From April 8 to 30, Windows Live Messenger will be gradually disabled and its users moved over to Skype, Skype has announced.
Messenger users will receive an update that transforms their chat programme into the latest version of Skype.
Old passwords and usernames will remain valid and Messenger users will find all their old contacts in Skype.
Users with accounts in both services will have their accounts merged. Those who don’t want to wait till the update can download the latest version of Skype now.
Microsoft, which bought Skype in 2011, has said Windows Live Messenger will be retired everywhere except mainland China.//DPA