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6th November 2012, 02:33 PM #1
Messenger out, Skype in?
Looks like Microsoft are finally doing something with their buy-out of Skype the other year: Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM ? The Register
Obviously this is not a confirmed move by Microsoft, but I can see it making sense in the long term. Microsoft is reported to be retiring its popular messaging client in favour of Skype.Long-time Microsoft watcher Tom Warren writes here that the Windows Live Messenger service is to be wound up in the coming months and folded into Skype. An announcement is expected possibly as soon as this week. The Register contacted Microsoft about the move, but it remained unable to comment at time of publication.
6th November 2012, 02:44 PM #2
tbh i havent used thier messenger for ages but have used skype/twitter/facebook/G+ for internet based messaging.
I can see this as a good thing.
6th November 2012, 03:22 PM #3
I've not used messenger for a long time. I have now recently started using skype for facebook messaging now as i found the facebook installer kept crashing,
6th November 2012, 03:47 PM #4
Interesting, as I actually removed WLM in favour of Skype on my home machine on Friday. It had got to the point where I only really used WLM as a Facebook chat client, and Skype does that now too, only better.
6th November 2012, 09:50 PM #5
Confirmed: Skype - The Big Blog - Talk to your Messenger Contacts on Skype
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).
6th November 2012, 09:53 PM #6
It used to be amazingly popular with kids back in the day. I guess it just can't keep up with the mobile/camera/xbox generation.
Good call on MS for acquiring skype.
6th November 2012, 10:00 PM #7
I still use MSN, it is a much nicer chat client than basically all of the others in my opinion. I don't like skype!
6th November 2012, 10:13 PM #8
I think that's it. My teens use headsets and Skype to chat to groups of mates... voice only, they won't pay for group video! MSN is no longer used by either.
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
With 5000 free texts in their monthly call plan they use their phones like MSN at times though
Last edited by elsiegee40; 6th November 2012 at 10:14 PM.
6th November 2012, 10:14 PM #9
Never liked Skype much but then again I haven't used it since Microsoft bought them out....WLM on the other hand is still quite heavily used by me especially to keep in touch with my other half at uni.
But hey guess that's progress for you time to see how well the Skype application works on Windows RT!
6th November 2012, 10:37 PM #10
Strange how it works with different generations.
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
Everyone my age seems to use google chat video.
6th November 2012, 11:25 PM #11
MSN was big when I was younger and I still use it now, well I use pidgin on my laptop actually much lighter than MSN and allows me to integrate all-sorts of chats into one client which is better But not impressed at the forced move to Skype myself
6th November 2012, 11:32 PM #12
By using pidgin you had for foresight not to get locked in the first place.
Originally Posted by john
6th November 2012, 11:47 PM #13
I used to use it massively for chatting. Was what we had before mobile phones came in at an affordable price. Stopped using it when i left school about 5 years ago
6th November 2012, 11:56 PM #14
I thought you were a bit older, at least in the ICQ generation
Originally Posted by glennda
7th November 2012, 09:26 PM #15
Just wondering why they don't roll it up into lync and be done with it, one unified communications system.
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