Microsoft-owned Skype has announced that users of the Messenger chat service will be upgraded to its platform from 8 April.
Writing on a blog post on Friday, Skype's director marketing integration Parri Munsell said the move should take a few weeks and said those forced into the move would benefit from improved features in Skype, including mobile access.
"Upgrading to Skype can help you communicate in flexible ways, and be connected on more devices and platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone, Android and soon Blackberry," he said.
"The upgrade from Messenger to Skype on Windows desktop will start on April 8. The process will take a few weeks to complete. We'll start the upgrades with our English language clients, and finish up with Brazilian Portuguese on April 30 or later."
The blog also urged Messenger users to download the mobile versions of the Skype app for their relevant devices so they could get to know the platform.
Since Microsoft signed the $8bn deal for Skype in May 2011 it was always likely the service would subsume existing Microsoft services.
Microsoft announced earlier this year that it was planning on retiring its Messenger service from 15 March, which would be a few weeks before the Skype integration, in a move to stop users signing up to the aging platform.
V3 contacted Microsoft to ask if this was still the current time frame based on Skype's blog but had received no reply at the time of publication.
Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal.