We’ve got good news to share! Skype and Messenger are coming together. Millions of Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype. By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends.
This effort started with the release of Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows a few weeks ago, which allows you to sign into Skype using a Microsoft account. Now Messenger users just need to update to the latest version of Skype, sign in using a Microsoft account, and their Messenger contacts will be there.
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. We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available).
Once you update to Skype, here are some of the other great features Messenger users can expect:
• Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets
• Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place
• Sharing screens
• Video calling on mobile phones
• Video calling with Facebook friends
• Group video calling
We will work with you over the next few months to help you transition and offer information and help along the way. To help you learn how to get the most out of Skype, be on the lookout for some special offers later this year as you join your Messenger friends in the migration. We think you will enjoy using Skype, and encourage you to download the latest version, sign in with your Microsoft account, and experience it for yourself.
Here is a quick look at what you, as a Messenger user, can do to talk to your Messenger contacts on Skype:
On the sign in screen, select the option to sign in with your Microsoft account. You will be asked if you are already using Skype or are a new user.
If you use Skype and Messenger already, you can merge your Skype and Messenger account into your Microsoft account.
When you complete the installation process you will be welcomed into Skype with your buddy list already synced into your Skype contact list.
And you can start instant messaging right away!
We’d love to hear your feedback. Discuss what matters to you on the Skype Support Network or share your feedback on Twitter with hashtag #SkypeWLM. We are here to help!