A few weeks ago, we knew the news that Microsoft was going to close the MSN Messenger service to replace Skype as of March 15, 2013. By now, the company of Redmond has already begun campaigning for several million users from writing-messaging Skype with a little more time ahead. The service, in principle, is operational until next April 8, 2013.
After that date, Microsoft will begin a phase-out of the service for those who still use the tool, starting with English-speaking countries and ending with the Portuguese-speaking, without having given a specific reason to follow this order. In order that users install Skype and leave behind the Messenger as before, Microsoft has bombarded users with multiple pop-ups to download as soon as the software of Skype.
To facilitate this migration to Skype, Microsoft allows users to log in via the Data Messenger ID. Then, they are added or merged (depending on the situation of each user) all contacts in one account, so you will not miss any information along the way. It is possible, in any case, see only Messenger contacts by checking the option all and Messenger.
For now, they can access and use the direct download of Skype clients Mac, Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, entering his identification with MSN Messenger seamlessly. You must know, moreover, that if you are a loyal user of this service just keep on using until April 8, with the possibility that the term finally ends on the 30th . The best thing is, in that case, rushing to make the change as soon as possible, since in fact it is now inevitable. Moreover, it is possible that if you use Messenger through an external service messaging as Trillian, Digsby or Pidgin have a little more time to use it before the blackout.
The transition is pretty easy. Many users have already solved this transition quickly. Nonetheless, it seems that Microsoft is well aware that passing the Messenger of lifelong Skype will not be so easy for everyone. Probably for this reason, the company has created a tutorial that explains two basic steps:
- Download Skype via the official website of Microsoft.
- Log in with your Microsoft. You just have to add the username and password you used to access your Messenger.
From now on, you will have access to the same IM services offered you Microsoft, but also make free video calls with Skype, make low-cost calls to phones and enjoy the same service through Skype on Facebook. All these services are available in the computer, but also through other media such as mobile, tablet, portable game console or TV.