In 2013, Windows Live Messenger was discontinued and Microsoft began ceasing service to existing clients.
The service in China remained active for another 18 months, and ceased operations on October 31, 2014.
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.
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.
Microsoft is pre-caching the Skype installer to existing machines to allow users to simply accept the notification and switch over to Skype, while the installer removes Windows Live Messenger.
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.
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Microsoft has been testing its migration plans with a test cell, so a very small number will move over on March 15th, but 99 percent of users will start shifting across from April 8th onwards.