Breaking: Skype replacing Windows Live Messenger

Monday, November 5, 2012 in , , , , , , , , by Olaf Lemmens



Microsoft will retire its Windows Live Messenger chat service, shifting its focus instead to similar functionality in Skype, a new report says. The changeover could happen as early as this week.

Citing “several sources,” The Verge reports Microsoft is planning to integrate Windows Live Messenger into Skype in the coming months and then retire Messenger.

On the back end, the merger of the two systems has been happening already. Skype now uses much of the Windows Live Messenger’s systems to make and receive calls (the calls themselves, however, still use Skype’s peer-to-peer system). Skype also uses Messenger’s systems for about 80% of instant messages exchanged on the service, the report says.

Source: TheVerge

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