This morning I have had an email from Microsoft:
On 15th March 2013 we are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together. Update to Skype and sign in using a Microsoft Account (same as your Messenger ID) and all your Messenger contacts will be at your fingertips. You’ll be able to instant message and video chat with them just like before, and also discover new ways of staying in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet.
The Messenger Team
So now that I have already migrated to Skype several months ago, will the Ministry of Communications in Kuwait kindly remove the block on Skype? The Ministry here believes that they will lose hunks of money because of the relatively cheap international calls that Skype offers.
Also they think that Skype fosters terrorism. (I made that up, but who knows what whack job actually did tell the government that.)
Well lets see what the ISPs and Telcos here will do about this. Or we can move to China.
- Microsoft Officially Ditching Messenger, Switching Users to Skype in March (mashable.com)
- Microsoft to kill the Messenger on March 15 (news.cnet.com)
- Microsoft Confirms Messenger Will Shut Down On March 15 (forbes.com)