Quantcast
Latest Stories

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.


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter




Recent Stories:

No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild 2 mins elapsed No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’ 33 mins elapsed Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning 1 hour elapsed Lacson eyes P106-B ‘Yolanda’ rehab masterplan 1 hour elapsed Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged 1 hour elapsed This time, BIR goes after florists 3 hours elapsed What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam 5 hours elapsed Timeline: Napoles tell-all 5 hours elapsed
Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Instant Messaging , Live Messenger , Microsoft , Skype , US

  • 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!



Copyright © 2014,
.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement Advertisement

News

  • Lacson eyes P106-B ‘Yolanda’ rehab masterplan
  • What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  • Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • Napoles surgery in Makati hospital successful
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Visiting chefs from Denmark get creative with ‘ube,’ ‘ buko,’ ‘calamansi,’ mangoes
  • Salted baked potatoes
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Technology

  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Advertisement
    Marketplace