How to Merge Windows Live Messenger Contacts with Skype Account

 

Merge Windows Live Messenger with Skype

Microsoft have decided to kill 12-year-old Windows Live Messenger (WLM, was known as MSN Messenger) in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013, except China. Existing Messenger users are encouraged to migrate to Skype, their contacts will be merged. Currently, Skype has around 280 million monthly active users. The merge will add Messenger’s 100 million+ users to Skype.

On 10 May 2011, Microsoft Corporation acquired Skype Communications for US$8.5 billion.

In this article, I show you how to merge your Windows Live Messenger contacts with Skype account.

How to merge Messenger contacts with Skype account?

  1. Download and install the latest version of Skype.
  2. Launch Skype and logout your existing Skype account (if any).
  3. Sign in using your Microsoft Account (Messenger, Hotmail, or Outlook.com).
  4. Then, sign in your existing Skype account by clicking “I have a Skype account”. That will merge your Windows Live Messenger contacts with your existing Skype account.

    Sign in Skype account to merge Messenger contacts

    Sign in Skype account to merge Messenger contacts

  5. Done. Now you can chat with your friends on Windows Live Messenger network, Skype, as well as Facebook — all in one application.

Why Skype?

According to Skype, here are few advantages of Skype over Messenger:

  • Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets
  • Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place
  • Sharing screens
  • Video calling on mobile phones
  • Video calling with Facebook friends
  • Group video calling

LiewCF’s Two Cents

I seldom sign in Windows Live Messenger nowadays. Probably because I am on Mac, or because my WLM friends are no longer active (Thanks to Facebook!). The contacts merge is simple and easy.

I am not surprise to see Microsoft kill Messenger and move the user base to Skype. Skype is the Microsoft’s answer to the Google Talk, and Apple’s iMessenger + Facetime! On the recently launched Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Skype runs in background and works like your phone calls.

Skype will be huge!

(via TNW, Skype Blog)

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14 Responses to How to Merge Windows Live Messenger Contacts with Skype Account

  1. Kevin Ng Teck Kuan November 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    “Microsoft have decided to kill 12-year-old Windows Live Messenger (WLM, was known as MSN Messenger) in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2012, except China. ”

    Typo error??? It should be “first quarter of 2013″…

    • LiewCF November 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

      yes, thank you :)

  2. BlackWoods November 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Good info, I wonder if Skype will have an update which will support the emotions that are used in WLM.
    Many people are sticking to WLM because of the emoticons, especially the customization of it.

    • LiewCF November 12, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Skype supports some emoticons but not as many as WLM.

  3. joshmdmd November 12, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I have a @msn.com account and can’t seem to log in. Any ideas?

    • LiewCF November 12, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      can you login WLM using your @msn.com account? Did you receive any error message?

      • joshmdmd November 19, 2012 at 7:53 am #

        My WLM works perfectly. Hotmail works perfectly. When logging into skype it does not recognize the username/password combination.

    • 3bada November 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      I can’t log in also. Using my @live account, it tells me “Sorry, something went wrong. Please try again”. :/

  4. Muhd Nurul Azam (@azamchips) November 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Cool tips. Thank for sharing. Will give it a try later on… ;)

  5. Jblue November 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    my messenger contact didn’t merge to my skype after installing the new version of Skype..

    any way to fix it?

    thanks

  6. Adam November 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    I’ve installed Skype and logged in under Microsoft Account yet for some reason I have no contacts. My contacts from Windows Live Messenger didn’t merge over.

    How can I merge my contacts or import my contacts from Windows Live Messenger into Skype?

  7. Camy December 6, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I can’t seem to mere my Skype account and windows account it keeps on saying Oops…there was a problem.. =S

    • LiewCF December 6, 2012 at 10:29 am #

      Are your Skype and Windows Live Messenger both latest version?

  8. Cesar April 27, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Skype really stinks….Everyone, do not waste your time trying to transfer your Windows Live E-mail contacts to Skype. These pathetic idiots from Microsoft simply NEVER intended to create an effective method to do it when they bought Skype. Cheers

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