Microsoft sunsets Windows live Messenger, and replaces it with Skype

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After buying out Skype (some time ago), Microsoft is now planning to drop their current messaging system “Windows live messenger”. It seems a lot more cost efficient to replace one messenger with another popular one. Besides, it has been rumored before, and is now made official.

With the Facebook and Microsoft account integration features, Skype’s newest version (6.0) has started to make a new mark starting with the Skype for the Windows phone 8. According to a review about the software’s functionality, it states that “Incoming Skype calls will resemble the familiar incoming call screen from Windows Phone, and you can also perform call waiting, allowing you to switch between a Skype call and a regular mobile call in a jiffy. Resizable Live Tiles are also introduced in Skype, giving you more options as you make Skype a part of your Start Screen. Skype notifications can also be selected to appear on the lock screen alongside missed calls, unread emails and text messages, now how about that? Are you looking ready to use Skype like you’ve never done before on your upcoming Windows Phone 8 device?”

Skype’s new login screen

How does this affect the current users of Windows live? what happens to their contacts? Well we could be more than sure that these questions have already been taken into consideration way ahead of time. For now, we could pretty much look forward to the integration to happen perhaps somewhere in the first quarter of next year.

Would this integration be a good move? that’s for the users to find out. This is definitely one way to improve the dynamic services that Microsoft offers their users.

For those who haven’t really heard of the Software giant Microsoft (which I highly doubt), here’s a brief overview:

As of 2012, Microsoft is market dominant in both the PC operating system and office suite markets (the latter with Microsoft Office). The company also produces a wide range of other software for desktops and servers, and is active in areas including internet search (with Bing), the video game industry (with the Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles), the digital services market (through MSN), and mobile phones (via the Windows Phone OS). In June 2012, Microsoft announced that it would be entering the PC vendor market for the first time, with the launch of the Microsoft Surface tablet computer.

We could look forward to more strategic positioning that Microsoft would be performing soon as the new year opens up.

Last modified: November 21, 2012

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