SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft has finally set the date that Windows Live Messenger will be no more, with the desktop version being replaced with Voice over IP (VoIP) service Skype on 8 April.
Microsoft said the upgrade will take a few weeks to roll out, hitting English language clients first and finishing up with Brazilian Portuguese on 30 April or later.
"Starting from 8 April, Messenger users, previously Windows Live Messenger/MSN Messenger, will find themselves unable to use the service," Microsoft said in a blog post on Thursday.
"But don't panic, this isn't the cause of a catastrophic technical fault, simply wait to be prompted to install Skype, or follow a few painless steps to get yourself on the way."
Messenger users will be able to transfer their Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts by signing into Skype with their Messenger ID, Microsoft said.
Those signing into Skype with their Messenger IDs will be ask whether they wish to keep their existing Messenger profile picture or upload a new one. Once signed in "you will have all of your friends from Messenger, Facebook and Skype at your fingertips," Microsoft added.
Skype also announced today that it has brought a new video feature to its Mac, iPhone and Android applications so that users can send prerecorded video messages to their contacts.
The new video messaging service can be used by sending the new "Send Video Message" option that has been added to the Conversations menu in the Skype app.
The messages can be up to three minutes in length, but Skype will start charging you once you reach the 20 mark.
The feature is not yet available to Windows users, however quite teasingly they will be able to receive them from those Mac, iOS and Android users who are able to access the function. µ