I just got an email from Microsoft yesterday that Windows Live Messenger will stop working everywhere except in China(I don't know why that is) on 15th March 2013. That is Microsoft are closing down Windows Live Messenger and I have also read other posts on the web that have said the same thing. We knew that Microsoft were going to replace WLM with Skype,but we did not know it would happen so quickly. I have successfully avoided upgrading to the horrible Windows Live Essentials 2011 and 2012 version. Instead I use WLE 2009 version on both my Windows 7 and Windows 8,and also on Windows Vista. I have tried Skype once and it did not even work on my netbooks. Also it is not very user friendly and although we will be able to use our Windows Live or MSN ID with Skype to sing in with. I just don't want to use Skype. From what I have read the other WLE such as Windows Live Mail and Photo Gallery will still work after that date. It is only the messenger that will stop working,so I will just uninstall Messenger and keep the Windows Live Photo Gallery. Some people are using older versions of WLM on windows 7 such as WLM 8.5 and even MSM Messenger 7.5,but from what I read all old versions of Messenger will also stop working after 15th March. If you are using aMSN,Emesene an MSN Messenger clone,they too will stop working,and you won't even be able to use Pidgin with your MSN account anymore after that date. So it seems that Microsoft are shutting down their Windows Live Messenger servers after March 15th. Well as for me,I won't be installing Skype NO WAY. I will use Aim Messenger,the old version, and Google Talk which I also have on my computer.