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Microsoft to drop Messenger, switch to Skype



Microsoft is dropping its instant-messaging program and forcing most users to switch to Skype. JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

NEW YORK—Microsoft is dropping its instant-messaging program and forcing most users to switch to Skype.

Maintaining Windows Live Messenger made less sense after Microsoft Corp. bought Skype for $8.5 billion last year. A new version of Skype released a few weeks ago allows users to sign in with a Microsoft account. By merging the two services, people won’t have to maintain two separate contact lists.

Microsoft says much has changed in how people communicate. There’s more use of text messaging and social networking.

Microsoft says that Messenger users who switch to Skype will get benefits such as the ability to call landline and mobile phones and better support on mobile devices.

Except for mainland China, Messenger will be discontinued worldwide after the first quarter of 2013.








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  • DOUANE

    Because almost everyone stopped using WLM four years ago. They should have done this earlier. And while they’re at it, why not drop the crappy Movie Maker and Music Player too?

    • jobe2012

      Are you sure nobody no longer use those SW you mentioned? If you’re a Mac user stick with your mac and STFU coz you don’t know what you’re saying

      • DOUANE

        I said “almost” everyone. Not everyone. And I didn’t say that nobody uses Movie Maker and Media Player. I just said they’re crappy.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XY4AW6ZJBAPIJ33L7KX6M3IOQI c

         wag mo na lang kasi pakialaman ang movie maker and media player. kung crappy eh di wag mo gamitin. cuz some people still find use for them.

      • DOUANE

        I was stating MY opinion. I’ve been a fan of Windows since ’95 but it is disappointing that the features of these “SWs” developed by a company with an exceptional reputation are very limited. That’s MY comment. Don’t tell me what to do.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    windows messenger flop

    microsoft skype = overpaid for something….. fools

  • AJ Giorgio

    if you can’t beat them, buy them!



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