Microsoft broke the hearts of loyal Windows Live Messenger users back in November 2012 when they announced that they would be discontinuing the service across all countries in the first quarter of 2013.Pushing them towards the use of Skype. The removal of the chat client will affect users globally apart from mainland China where the decision has been made to continue offering Windows Live Messenger as an only chat option.

Messenger has been handling online conversations for the last 13 years, but it seems Microsoft is finally ready to discard the veteran platform in favor of shifting its users across to the recently updated Skype service.

Existing users of the Live Messenger service who are looking for alternative options are being pushed in the direction of Skype for their text, video and audio based conversation. Microsoft has been pumping more and more resources into Skype since they have acquired the company.