Windows Phone was actually missing a messenger app from the beginning, but Microsoft has actually done its side to improve the user’s accessibility and has also improved the experience.
“Our goal remains to deliver the best communications experience for everyone, everywhere. We want to focus our efforts on making things simpler for our users while continuously improving the overall experience. We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available).” Said Tony Bates, president of Skype division at Microsoft.
For the next few months Skype will help its existing user to upgrade by a simple download of its Skype 6.0 which will enable all the Microsoft account holders to access their accounts from their existing user-ids. The update was actually possible due to its partnership with Facebook recently. And even a FB user can sign in with its account.
Skype also announced that it has a system to do all this and has already prepared for that and will continuously work to improve user experience.
Coming back to Windows Phone 8 release the app is pretty much well placed at the home screen and all your calls are just a tap away from you in the new interface provided you have the new WP 8 and the earlier version for windows messenger will be completely removed in the first quarter of 2013.
This update has already hit Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820, HTC 8X and 8S.