Home opinion-and-analysis Fuzzy Logic Skype: get the message as MS kills Messenger on March 15

Author's Opinion

The views in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of iTWire.

Have your say and comment below.

Skype: get the message as MS kills Messenger on March 15 Featured

Subscribe now and get the news that matters to your industry.

* Your Email Address:
* First Name:
* Last Name:
Job Function:
Australian State:
Email marketing by Interspire
weebly statistics

Microsoft has a message for you, and in no way is it bottled up: Microsoft Messenger will send its last message on March 15, as Microsoft kills the venerable messaging program to replace it with its younger, newer and more popular stable mate: Skype.

If you haven’t gotten the message yet that Microsoft is set to kill its Messenger service on March 15, this is not quite your final wake up call, but you can’t press snooze forever.

iTWire looked at this news back in November 2012, when Microsoft first announced that its Messenger software, which has had many names from MSN Messenger to Windows Live Messenger and more, would soon breath its last.

Now reports are coming in that Microsoft is more actively announcing to its Messenger customers that the end for Messenger is nigh, although thankfully there are no reports of this being due to Vogon constructor fleets.

The Next Web has reported that it has received one of these email messages from Microsoft, which gives the exact kill date as being March the 15, 2013, a date that likely means Australian and some other southern hemisphere Messenger users will be able to say they squeezed in an extra day – March 16 – thanks to international time zone differences.

Microsoft is also directing those wishing to download Windows Live Messenger to download Skype instead, as you can see here.

The only exception to the end of Messenger’s road is in China, which will see Messenger’s servers continue operating, with The Next Web saying this is “mainly because Skype is operated there by a local provider called TOM” – presumably ye olde tom.com.

TNW also quoted Microsoft’s email message which states, in part, that: “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. Update to Skype and sign in using a Microsoft Account (same as your Messenger ID) and all your Messenger contacts will be at your fingertips. You’ll be able to instant message and video chat with them just like before, and also discover new ways of staying in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet.

TNW has more details, but the short version is that if you try to log in to Messenger in all affected countries besides China after the 15th of March, you’ll be directed to download Skype instead.

So… unless you’re Chinese, Messenger’s last message will soon be sent, after which you’ll have to just have to get Microsoft’s new message: Skype.


Don't let traffic bottlenecks slow your network or business-critical apps to a grinding halt. With SolarWinds Bandwidth Analyzer Pack (BAP) you can gain unified network availability, performance, bandwidth, and traffic monitoring together in a single pane of glass.

With SolarWinds BAP, you'll be able to:

• Detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues

• Track response time, availability, and uptime of routers, switches, and other SNMP-enabled devices

• Monitor and analyze network bandwidth performance and traffic patterns.

• Identify bandwidth hogs and see which applications are using the most bandwidth

• Graphically display performance metrics in real time via dynamic interactive maps

Download FREE 30 Day Trial!



Where are your clients backing up to right now?

Is your DR strategy as advanced as the rest of your service portfolio?

What areas of your business could be improved if you outsourced your backups to a trusted source?

Read the industry whitepaper and discover where to turn to for managed backup


Alex Zaharov-Reutt

joomla counter

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.