It's a reality : Microsoft has announced, November 7th, the end of Windows Live Messenger for 2013.
The instant messaging service, launched on 1999 as "Microsoft Network Messenger" (MSN), became one of the most popular. With the acquisition of Skype in May 2011 (for more than $ 8,5 B, about 6 B €), both services are duplicated : Skype allows users to send instant messages, like Messenger.
Windows Live Messenger will disappear on 2013, but it will not be of a technical point of view : "Skype is moving from a P2P service to a modern, suitable for mobile devices" said The Verge website.
Thus, Messenger will not disappear completely. "Skype and Messenger meet", said Tony Bates, Microsoft's head.
Source : lemonde.fr