Microsoft had previously announced that it will be shutting down Games for Windows Live
marketplace on July 1, 2014.
With the exception of mainland China, Windows Live
Messenger will close in the first quarter of 2013, and its users should install the latest version of Skype, Microsoft said yesterday.
the most popular and respected extension for Windows Live
Messenger 2009 and 2011 has just been updated to version 5.
Umniah's products and services will be bundled with the Windows Live
account to offer users a more efficient method to communicate and stay connected.
The Windows Live
will be offered to the all Umniah GSM and broadband subscribers in the coming months, a statement said.
The preview of an all-new MSN Games site, along with Windows Live
Messenger and Bing Games, delivers a socially infused casual games experience that links to a player's Facebook and Windows Live
networks and integrates across platforms, offering truly connected gameplay with status updates, game challenges, leaderboards and more.
Windows 7 and Windows Live
are the most advanced technologies that Microsoft has ever introduced, and I believe they signal the beginning of a new wave of innovation that will have an even more profound impact during the next decade.
The company, which provides carrier grade messaging solutions with global SMS coverage, said the extended agreement will see it roll out Windows Live
SMS services in new markets, alongside established markets in Europe and the Middle East.
Neowin recommended Windows Live
Hotmail users "change your password and security question immediately".
A Microsoft spokesman said: "Microsoft has been made aware of the claims that Windows Live
IDs and passwords have been made available on the web.
Microsoft will force an upgrade on users of its Windows Live
Messenger instant messaging software in September to plug a hole the company introduced when a programmer added an extra character to a code library.
has announced that the companies are deploying a range of Windows Live
for Mobile client application services that offer an enhanced experience for their mutual customers on their mobile devices.