For more than a decade, millions of people have flocked to Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger to communicate with family and friends. However, on November sixth of 2012, Microsoft announced, via the Skype blog, that Windows Live Messenger has been scheduled for execution! The executioner: Skype.

Although the exact date is not set, Microsoft has declared that Windows Live Messenger has been discontinued and support will end during the first quarter of 2013, forcing all Messenger users to migrate to Skype, whether they like it or not.

If you think this news is sudden, then you might want to avoid the Microsoft website, as the messenger download section has already been replaced with a link to Skype. But what does this mean, exactly?

Skype is working hard to make the transition as painless as possible. All that is required of Messenger refugees is an upgrade from Messenger to Skype and to sign in to the service using your Windows Live ID. If you already have a Skype account, you can also merge the two accounts.
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