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The switch over to Skype does present a few issues for Windows 8 and Windows Phone users though.

Windows 8 uses a Messenger Windows Store client that triggers notifications for Messenger messages.

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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.

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

Microsoft is planning to force existing Windows Live Messengers users to upgrade to Skype from April 8th.

In an effort to phase out its Messenger service, Windows Live Messenger clients will be restricted from signing into the service gradually starting in early April.

Microsoft says only official licensees of Messenger will get specific end dates.

Microsoft's own Windows 8 and Windows Phone clients will continue to function, and the company says April 8th is strictly focused on phasing out the Windows Live Messenger desktop client.

The company doesn't have any immediate plans to link these in the client, so it raises questions over an upgrade that also removes functionality for Windows Live Messenger users.

Skype does not currently support mail notifications, Messenger status updates, and the ability to add additional Messenger contacts.

Also note that the software will pop up a notification periodically when there is an update available.

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