It seems instant messaging just isn’t as popular as it used to be, supported by the statement released this week from Microsoft, stating they will be pulling the plug on Windows Live Messenger - the worlds biggest IM network, in March 2013.
The plan is to move users over to Skype, though I somehow doubt they’ll be a stripped down lightweight version of the software for purely IM means. The plan seems to be to transfer all Windows Live contacts, and also Skype logins with your exist credentials.
It’s unlikely the existing user base will convert purely for IM needs, as the Skype application is somewhat overkill. Along with Facebook and other means of indirect communications, instant messaging is as good as dead.
So long, old friend, with the death of ICQ - it filled a gap. Now what will fill it next?