An email sent from Microsoft’s Messenger Team, stated that the exercise would begin on April 8 and would take a few weeks to complete – much later than the previously announced date of March 15.
Starting April 8th, we will begin upgrading customers from Messenger to Skype. The process will take a few weeks to complete. April 8th is the first day you may be required to upgrade. This is a bit later than the March 15th date we previously mentioned to some of you as we wanted to give you more time to make the transition.
According to the email, Messenger is being “retired” globally with the exception of mainland China.
The email states that between now and the upgrade, Messenger will be working fine. However, once the upgrade is done, users will be forced to upgrade to Skype when they log in using the Messenger log in credentials.
Messenger will continue to work as you know it today. If you are signed in with Messenger on your Windows and Mac desktops** you will see a banner notification to upgrade. When you click on the banner, an installer window will open with the request to upgrade, this will take you through our installer flow, to install Skype and automatically uninstall Messenger.
Current Messenger users who already have a Skype account can merge the accounts.
The Messenger and Skype teams state that once you upgrade, all your contacts will be automatically transferred.
…sign in using a Microsoft account (this is the same ID you use to sign into Messenger). Once signed in, your contacts will already be there.