Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Microsoft Retiring Windows Live Messenger In Favor Of Skype

Earlier last year Microsoft acquired Skype and the $8.5 billion and the transaction was completed in October. The reason why Microsoft was interested in acquiring Skype is because Windows Live Messenger was getting neglected for skype. With that said Skype has been Microsoft's #1 choice for video and voice calls and it is even integrated into Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Today Microsoft has announced that they will be retiring Windows Live Messenger earlier next year. So to all those WLM users Microsoft will now merge them with skype and that includes over 100 million WLM users. "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)," says Skype's Tony Bates. Microsoft is also encouraging users to download the latest version of Skype which includes support for merging Skype accounts and Microsoft accounts. So if you are a Windows Live Messenger you can now merge it with your Skype account more smoothly and you will also enjoy all the good things Skype brings. 

Source: Hexus & TheVerge
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