Existing Windows Live Messenger users will be greeted with an upgrade notification from April 8th onwards that will prevent them from signing into the service.
We reached out to several popular third-party Messenger apps, but developers seem to be confused over Microsoft's retirement.
Trillian's Scott Werndorfer says "we're not sure how the shutdown will occur or what additional steps Microsoft has planned." Adium, a popular client for Mac, says communications have been "pretty fuzzy" and that it hasn't heard anything directly regarding an official date.
Microsoft is helping users transition with a set of online tutorials.
Still, Microsoft is pushing ahead and this marks the first major change to the Skype and Microsoft relationship since the $8.5 billion acquisition.
Some sites are reporting that after installing the update, Internet Explorer 11 presents you with a giant “Upgrade” banner after visiting
This is true — but it’s also not at all I used to use IE11 for troubleshooting and on a few websites where I needed it for compatibility reasons.
Munsell says Microsoft is upgrading other apps that access the Messenger service on a case-by-case basis, including mobile apps.
"On products like Xbox, we'll make announcements at a later date when we have dates to actually announce to customers." The software maker has also notified third parties about its plans to retire the entire Messenger service.
The giant pop-overs that prompt users to upgrade to Windows 10 started appearing on after Windows 10 went live, not as a result of this update.