Yesterday Microsoft emailed their millions and million of Messenger users letting them know that they plan to retire their IM service in two months time and migrate all their accounts over to Skype.
Microsoft aims to have this transition go as smooth as possible for their users so they’ve made it such that they’ll be able to sign in worry-free with their Messenger credentials with the additional promise that Messenger contacts will remain intact. There is also an account merge option for those users who are already signed up for both services.
Though they’ve announced this plan back in November and have experienced delays in the migration plan, I’m glad they’re taking the time to do it properly and making it especially easy on the users.
Microsoft Messenger has been pre-installed on BlackBerry devices for years, here’s hoping that they’re working on a bona fide Skype app for BlackBerry 10 and the PlayBook tablet. It would be a real shame if they ignore a platform that competes with Windows Phone 8 while supporting both iOS and Android.