Microsoft has announced that its Windows Live Messenger service will be retired on 15 March.
Formerly known as MSN Messenger, the instant-messaging platform was first released in 1999, while 2005 saw the service adopt the Windows Live Messenger name.
The retirement of the service is not a surprise, as Microsoft announced the decision back in November 2012. However, it will still be available in mainland China, The Verge reported.
Windows Live Messenger users are being encouraged to make the move to Skype however, with Microsoft allowing users to merge their old details with their Skype account.
The move is part of Microsoft's decision to focus on Skype, with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps being released. Additionally, the company also plans to release a Skype application for its Xbox 360 console.