Windows Messenger Goes Bad March 15

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Prepare to wave goodbye to Windows Messenger: Creator Microsoft previously signaled in November that it would ditch the platform in preference for Skype, a service the company acquired for the tune of $8.5 billion in 2011.

However, this week, the company revealed exactly when Messenger would be shut down. According to a report from the BBC, March 15 has been designated the cut-off date.

Meanwhile, contacts are expected to automatically transfer to user Skype accounts.

“Our goal remains to deliver the best communications experience for everyone, everywhere. We want to focus our efforts on making things simpler for our users while continuously improving the overall experience,” commented Tony Bates of Skype via The Big Blog when explaining the decision late last year.