Updating live messenger

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."The upgrade process itself has been going really well, we've had millions of customers move over," says Skype's Parri Munsell.

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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.

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.

"They do have end of life dates that we've given them privately," says Munsell.

The dates vary by third-party, but official documentation suggests that existing clients using the XMPP protocol will end in October, while MSP clients will cease functioning in March 2014.

Windows Update does not throw up the update option in either Important or Optional section.

We don't have any change log information yet for version 16.4.3528 of Windows Live Messenger.

Microsoft will be migrating users depending on their language, starting with English first and ending with Portuguese no sooner than April 30th.

Contrary to Microsoft's confusing email to some Windows Live Messenger users, and other reports, Windows Live Messenger will not cease functioning on March 15th for everyone.

A new update has been released for Windows Live Essentials 2011.

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