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.
Munsell says Microsoft is upgrading other apps that access the Messenger service on a case-by-case basis, including mobile apps.
Currently, when you access Messenger you're prompted to "install the newer version in order to continue," but Reviver installs a patch that allows WLM to continue to be used.
To bypass this message, download Messenger Reviver 2.
"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.
"They do have end of life dates that we've given them privately," says Munsell.
Click the Download Skype button on the home screen.
2 Open the app store on your device if you are using a phone or tablet.
The real name is used for identificaiton in Messenger, Hotmail, Sky Drive, and other places on Windows Live.
Unfortunately, the ability to add emoticons to the display name not longer work, as any attempt to enter punctuation marks is prohibited in the first name and last name with error “your name contains characters that are not allowed”.
"The upgrade process itself has been going really well, we've had millions of customers move over," says Skype's Parri Munsell.