Microsoft has all set to replace its instant messaging chat tool with popular Skype, which the company has acquired 18 month back at a whopping amount of $8.5 billion (£5.3 billion). According to Microsoft, the Windows Live Messenger will be turned off by the end of March 2013 next year with the exception of China. In order to avoid migration of its users to rivals platforms such as WhatsApp or Google Talk, Microsoft is providing a tool to transfer WLM’s contacts to Skype.
The Windows Live Messenger also known as MSN, which is compatible with wide range of operating platforms including Windows XP (up to Wave 3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Windows CE, Xbox 360, Blackberry OS, iOS, Java ME, S60 on Symbian OS 9.x, and Zune HD, was launched in 2005 and it attracted over 330 million active users each month as per a report provided by Microsoft in June, 2009. But recent reports suggest that the WLM had fallen to 8.3 million, a 48 per cent year-on-year drop.