The BBC is reporting that Microsoft is killing off Live Messenger (formally MSN Messenger) in favour of pushing the Skype client. This is slated to happen before March 2013.
As such, I'm trying to port across my contacts to Google Talk - or at least those who already have a Google Talk account.
For those who hate Skype (like me!), this might be your chance to convince your contacts to move to Google Talk. The client is much more lightweight and free of bloat than I believe Skype will ever be. Go Google.