On March 15, 2013 Microsoft will be shutting down Messenger. Messenger, formally known as Windows Live Messenger, will be merged with Skype. Currently Microsoft is sending out emails to all Messenger clients notifying them of this merge. Messenger clients will also see a notification on their desktop asking them to upgrade to Skype and merge their Messenger contacts.
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According to Microsoft there are several benefits for a Messenger user to upgrade to Skype. Among the benefits are screen sharing, ability to place calls to landline phones and group video conferencing. Microsoft is also reporting that there will be support for more devices, such as the iPad and Android tablets.
To merge your Messenger account with Skype:
1. Download and install Skype on your computer.
2. Choose to sign in with a Microsoft account (this is the same as your Messenger ID).
3. Skype will then ask if you already have an existing Skype account. If you do have a Skype account just log in with your Skype account information, if you don’t then create one.
4. Click agree to merge your accounts. All of your contacts will then be available.
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