Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 8th Nov 2012 02:24 UTC
Windows Microsoft is discontinuing Windows Live Messenger in 1st quarter 2013, forcing users to switch to Skype. Most would want to switch to Skype anyway with its more advanced capabilities, and the switch makes sense to Microsoft, since they purchased Skype for $8.5 billion last year. However, the move may be seen as typical Redmondian high-handedness by those using Messenger with dial-up. Technically Skype works with dial-up but in practice most agree you really need broadband for decent use. Will everyone view Messenger as replaceable by Skype?
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RE: Comment by shmerl
by zima on Thu 8th Nov 2012 03:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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Well, unless there's just one "winner" network in all of this, then it will be certainly less messy... and Skype might be the closest to such status ;p

But seriously, the mess mostly got smaller over the last decade, IMHO - most of the smallish IM networks died out.

Edited 2012-11-08 04:01 UTC

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