The acquisition of Skype a while back by Microsoft is finally giving back. On the Windows Blog, it was announced that Windows Live Messenger is being retired in favor of Skype for instant messaging. You are still able to log in using your Microsoft log in credentials, as well. They are planning on retiring it throughout various regions within the next few months, leaving mainland China on Messenger.
Recently, we added the ability to sign in to Skype using a Microsoft account, the same account you use for Messenger, Hotmail, Outlook.com, and more, bringing your contacts to Skype automatically. This makes Skype fantastic for connecting with that network of people you know and love.