Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft’s long time instant messaging application is set for a major change and rebranding. The client was first released as MSN Messenger on July 22, 1999 and as Windows Live Messenger on December 13, 2005. Microsoft has announced that the Messenger brand and client will be pensioned off in the first quarter of 2013. It will be replaced by the Skype client and Skype name everywhere, except for China, which will retain the Messenger naming. The transition from Messenger to Skype has begun already with the latest version of Skype adding support for Messenger contacts and chat.