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: I'm confused here.
by darknexus on Thu 8th Nov 2012 06:35 UTC in reply to "I'm confused here."
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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.

Not really, since Google Talk won't be in the least affected by this. I'd ditched MSN/WLM messenger a while back anyway, since the service is full of spam bots much like what AIM has become. Facebook and Google Talk are where most people are going these days when it comes to text chatting. Skype is still really popular for VOIP though.

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