Goodbye, Windows Live Messenger. As the BBC notes, Microsoft will soon be retiring its instant message chat tool and will instead be encouraging users to use Skype. “Skype and Messenger are coming together,” wrote Tony Bates, President of the Skype Division at Microsoft, on Tuesday. “We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available).” Brian Hall, general manager of Microsoft’s Windows Live unit, had a similar message for users on the Windows blog. Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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