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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I'm confused here.
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 8th Nov 2012 06:18 UTC
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So does this mean that from whenever this happens on, third-party IM clients like Pidgin will no longer work? As well as the current Xbox 360 as it is now (unless there is an update), etc.?

That's just nice... right after I had planned to ditch the Yahoo! Messenger service once and for all (I never use it anyway, but I was intending to switch everything over to MSN Messenger/Google Talk).

Well, if that's the case, looks like my plan got thrown out the window. Thanks Microsoft... just when I decide to get serious about giving one of your services a shot!

Anyway... instant messaging is still important to me. It can be more "private" than a real talk over the phone or VoIP (when other people are around), and it is universally supported among all forms of computers as long as a physical keyboard or some other sort of text input (on-screen keyboard, etc.) is available, and even usable as an alternative to the ridiculously overpriced text messaging services provided on cell phones. Not to mention, the logging capabilities of many instant messaging clients is a pretty cool feature. Not all computers (I'm talking desktops--I've never bought/owned a laptop) come with fancy built-in crap like microphones and webcams, or even any at all.

That said... when I'm at home on my computer, I save my cell phone minutes by just using Google Voice. Broke out an old stock mic that came with an old Gateway/Gateway 2000 computer back in the late 90s. I have a Skype account, but I never really used it and I don't know if I ever will. Google Voice's pricing this year (or lack of it) and endless features extending far beyond just VoIP won me over.

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