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Update: Skype to replace Messenger service from March 15th
Microsoft has informed that it would close its messenger service on March 15th and will be replaced with Skype internet telephony service it acquired last year for $8.5 billion .


Microsoft sent an email message advising Messenger users to update to Skype using their same account information in advance of the deadline. The software giant is reportedly notifying Messenger users via e-mail but it has yet to announce the Messenger deadline on its blogs or social media accounts.

The transition began late last year with the release of Skype 6.0 software that lets people sign in to the online communication service using Microsoft accounts. Messenger will be shut off in every country but China.

Microsoft in late 2012 brought a modern UI Skype client to Windows 8 and a preview version for Windows Phone 8.

Skype features include video calls and being able to call mobile phones from computers, as well as being able to connect with friends at leading social network Facebook. Skype users can make low-cost or free phone calls over the Internet using their computers or smartphones. Skype bypasses the standard telephone network by channeling voice and video calls over the Web.

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