The company confirms the date via emails sent to its users
Microsoft has already announced that it was planning to kill Windows Live Messenger in early 2013, but the company has now confirmed that it would retire the service on March 15.The Redmond-based software firm is now sending emails to Windows Live Messenger users to inform them about the change, adding that China will remain the only country to keep the app.
“On 15th March 2013 we are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together,” the email reads.
The email then goes on to reveal, “a few of the great features that you can use with Skype,” while also emphasizing that, after March 15, users won’t be able to sign in. A notification will appear in order to direct users to the official Skype download page.