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Microsoft Reveals Plan to Migrate from Messenger to Skype

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Microsoft said its "upgrade" from Messenger to Skype for Windows will begin April 8.

Parri Munsell from Skype revealed on Friday the "next chapter" in migrating Messenger users over to Skype. The whole process was expected to be completed by March 15, 2013 for all territories save for China (where Messenger is still highly popular). But now the company has revealed that the "upgrade" won't begin until April.

Microsoft said back in November that it planned to finally retire the Messenger client after it faithfully served users since 1999. But first the company needed to corral all the Messenger users and herd them over to the Redmond company's new IM of choice, Skype, which it purchased for $8.5 billion in May 2011. Currently Messenger users can sign into the Skype client using Microsoft credentials and see their Messenger friends dangling amidst their Skype and Facebook peeps.

"We want everyone who uses Messenger to have a positive experience. Upgrading to Skype can help you communicate in flexible ways, and be connected on more devices and platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone, Android and soon Blackberry," Munsell said on Friday.

Munsell said that the upgrade from Messenger to Skype on Windows desktop will start on April 8 for everyone save for mainland China, and the process should take a few weeks to complete. The English language clients will see the upgrade first, and the process will end with the Brazilian Portuguese clients on April 30 or later.

"As Messenger users upgrade to Skype on their desktops, we also encourage them to download Skype on their mobile devices, and sign in with their Microsoft account to check out all that Skype has to offer," Munsell added.

Microsoft's Messenger, aka MSN Messenger, launched in the midst of AIM and ICQ battling for IM dominance in 1999. Eventually the two killed each other off after AOL purchased ICQ developer Mirabilis just one year prior, giving Messenger plenty of room to grow. Microsoft's chat client switched over to the Windows Live Messenger label back in 2005 with the launch of version 8. Microsoft eventually integrated the IM service into the Xbox 360 Spring 2007 Dashboard Update back in May 2007.

IM clients have seemingly taken a hit in the revenue belt thanks to smartphones, tablets and Facebook. Prior to Microsoft's acquisition, Skype held its ground by offering clear VoIP calling in addition to instant messaging. The integration of Facebook Messenger also helped propel Skype's popularity.

Current users of Skype and Messenger can sign into the former client with their Microsoft credentials by clicking on the "Microsoft Account" option on the sign-on screen, as seen below. This will likely change with the April "upgrade" client.

 

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    codo , February 18, 2013 5:29 PM
    Very poor journalism, this is nothing new. They announced this months ago.
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    JOSHSKORN , February 18, 2013 5:36 PM
    They should just merge AIM and Yahoo! with Skype while they're at it. Their video calling quality is terrible.
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    JOSHSKORN , February 18, 2013 5:41 PM
    codoVery poor journalism, this is nothing new. They announced this months ago.


    Did you miss something?
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    Onihikage , February 18, 2013 5:43 PM
    codoVery poor journalism, this is nothing new. They announced this months ago.

    The title is certainly poor. The only thing that has changed is the date.
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    SteelCity1981 , February 18, 2013 6:23 PM
    come on guys cut tom hardware some slack it's a slow news day. :) 
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    esrever , February 18, 2013 6:46 PM
    SteelCity1981come on guys cut tom hardware some slack it's a slow news day.

    the news is always faster than toms either way.
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    anti-painkilla , February 18, 2013 6:51 PM
    EDIT:

    Microsoft reveals DATE to migrate from Messenger to Skype.

    Agreed title is poor as this has been previously announced, even if there has been no official statement we have all known this was coming.
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    bisso , February 18, 2013 6:59 PM
    If only they would fix the major issues with that merge. Like:

    1: doing a REAL merge between Skype and Microsoft account instead of just putting one on top of the other, creating a bunch of multiplied contacts, different accounts and making the whole thing so confusing for everyone.

    2: Like they advertised: Add the major functions of Messenger on Skype. Where is our email notification? As it's one of the only thing people use Messenger over facebook chat nowaday.

    Messenger to Skype is done the same way they made live tiles on Windows 8. Their philosophy for such port is : Just make it cute, don't bother cleaning everything up to make it fun to use.

    I just don't understand that developpers like Microsoft couldn't get this right. I'm not a software designer, yet, I could have thought of a better integration in half an hour.
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    Netherscourge , February 18, 2013 7:32 PM
    Everyone trashes Tom's news - yet here they are reading it and commenting on it....every single day...
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    blazorthon , February 18, 2013 8:19 PM
    NetherscourgeEveryone trashes Tom's news - yet here they are reading it and commenting on it....every single day...


    Tom's is late, people complain. Maybe it's in the hopes of convincing Tom's to get stuff out in time.
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    dscudella , February 18, 2013 9:53 PM
    Skype is great except that anyone you have contact with has a direct line to your IP. If they can patch up the holes then I'm all down for it.
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    Duckhunt , February 19, 2013 12:38 AM
    it is a big deal. I hope they don't stuff up skype like msn. So far half my contacts on msn don't work on skype. I am told i have to some magic tricks to get it to work. The msn 2011 has not been working well. I think millions of users can't use it. I know I could not in windows 7 . Though most of my buddies just gave up on it and used something else. So how does Microsoft fix it? They just buy skype.

    I am annoyed that we have lessened competition and USA is software industry is weaker. Lets just hope that microsoft can use its financial might to bring in new technology and bring down costs with communications by competing with other communications companies..
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    Duckhunt , February 19, 2013 12:41 AM
    My typo above that I could not seem to edit.

    I am told I have to do... some magic tricks to get it to work. Sign in and sign out. blah blah.
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    Anonymous , February 19, 2013 3:56 AM
    K-zon,

    In most regards on is simply put when within use of most the OS in which the messenger has for use of to find of for any part to at a time, most the interest of any use for upgrading and/or patching, installing, transferring, patching, adding-on and/or in and/or any other extent to for of with on to probably is placed to say for little interest of.

    Given interest of say smartphones and/or tablets in regards of to say at a time with in terms of say microsoft we can just say at all times within interest of most relevence to of on with to say about except the new of course that all of is within such to on for to say place with in terms of a usage to.

    Basically, if you have a smartphone and/or tablet what would you probably need to communicate with other, that of no facebook and/or skype to say at a time??

    Microsoft otherwise is trying to fix probably what still isn't installed at a time and still is. Which doesn't really sound like much of interest of Microsoft.

    Being able to contact and communicate with others is great but to say a lose of service to interest of service to say that the place of worth to is of finding only between when last used and not when used at all to say when did to have the difference between what would work as for what is used just seems like if something could be used on an interest of working it could be anything.

    Why should you have to go out an buy a product/component/part for your computer/device which ever means of or be stuck with a product/component/part that may have an interest of use for that of hardly any or none at all unless within place to say of such to for for probably otherwise.

    Just seem fairly placed to say within of itself to find at a time almost completely bogus. Given Live and/or clouding for an interest of use for just seems like that of what has had a place of interest of use to to still say be within say a find of at a time on to be within a means on for what has been within use to for that of longer interest then what has probably found a means of use for to a time of on from rather or not that maintains some interest otherwise to.

    Sounds worse then the regards of email so far and what interest of ideas have went that way. Given most probably to anyone interest at a time probably still doesn't have for what e-mail places within of for to use of on with to say. But on a side-note, you can still always receive your daily spam and junk-mail, all day everyday despite what you use, e-mail, messenger, video-calling/messenging, whichever. Video Advertising placed within a means of interest to say is of a difference, probably the most popular interest of use at a time. Video calling/messenging is probably fairly cheap though these days to say.

    Probably all wrong to some point somewhere; but rather of such to or not still say they basically don't change the interest of such to say otherwise. Given to say Sype has never had a use or usage of for for the service of to or on regards of without MSN/Messenger before to say otherwise.
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    blazorthon , February 19, 2013 4:02 AM
    DuckhuntMy typo above that I could not seem to edit. I am told I have to do... some magic tricks to get it to work. Sign in and sign out. blah blah.


    You can edit tomshardware posts by clicking the "Read the comments on the forums" link between the comments and the article. This does not work in Tom's Guide articles/reviews, but it works in Tom's Hardware articles/reviews.
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    IAmVortigaunt , February 19, 2013 9:04 AM
    kk-KKzzzooNNNK-zon,In most regards on is simply put when within use of most the OS in which the messenger has for use of to find of for any part to at a time, most the interest of any use for upgrading and/or patching, installing, transferring, patching, adding-on and/or in and/or any other extent to for of with on to probably is placed to say for little interest of. Given interest of say smartphones and/or tablets in regards of to say at a time with in terms of say microsoft we can just say at all times within interest of most relevence to of on with to say about except the new of course that all of is within such to on for to say place with in terms of a usage to. Basically, if you have a smartphone and/or tablet what would you probably need to communicate with other, that of no facebook and/or skype to say at a time??Microsoft otherwise is trying to fix probably what still isn't installed at a time and still is. Which doesn't really sound like much of interest of Microsoft. Being able to contact and communicate with others is great but to say a lose of service to interest of service to say that the place of worth to is of finding only between when last used and not when used at all to say when did to have the difference between what would work as for what is used just seems like if something could be used on an interest of working it could be anything. Why should you have to go out an buy a product/component/part for your computer/device which ever means of or be stuck with a product/component/part that may have an interest of use for that of hardly any or none at all unless within place to say of such to for for probably otherwise. Just seem fairly placed to say within of itself to find at a time almost completely bogus. Given Live and/or clouding for an interest of use for just seems like that of what has had a place of interest of use to to still say be within say a find of at a time on to be within a means on for what has been within use to for that of longer interest then what has probably found a means of use for to a time of on from rather or not that maintains some interest otherwise to. Sounds worse then the regards of email so far and what interest of ideas have went that way. Given most probably to anyone interest at a time probably still doesn't have for what e-mail places within of for to use of on with to say. But on a side-note, you can still always receive your daily spam and junk-mail, all day everyday despite what you use, e-mail, messenger, video-calling/messenging, whichever. Video Advertising placed within a means of interest to say is of a difference, probably the most popular interest of use at a time. Video calling/messenging is probably fairly cheap though these days to say. Probably all wrong to some point somewhere; but rather of such to or not still say they basically don't change the interest of such to say otherwise. Given to say Sype has never had a use or usage of for for the service of to or on regards of without MSN/Messenger before to say otherwise.


    Ummmm....what?
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    randomizer , February 19, 2013 10:09 AM
    IAmVortigauntUmmmm....what?

    If you hang around here long enough you'll get used to it.