It seems the time is finally approaching to set Windows Messenger to rest, as Microsoft confirms that the software is set to become part of the history books and shut its digital doors some time next year.

While the once popular chat software will continue to be available in China, the rest of the world will see the software put to rest some point starting in Q3 of 2013.

It's not exactly uncommon knowledge that Windows Messenger isn't as popular as it used to be, but it's not all bad news as with closing one door they open another. With around 100 million Messenger accounts still being active, these will then be integrated into Skype and that Microsoft is already taking steps to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.

I know a lot of people still use Messenger, but quite frankly I think the software is past it's time as Skype does fulfil all my personal needs, as it does for many people. This merger of users will be a large benefit to me personally as I means I won't have to chase up contacts in two different programs, but that's just me, what are your thoughts on this closer of the long standing Messenger service?

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