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[5]: Comment by shmerl
by zima on Thu 8th Nov 2012 07:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
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But see that's exactly the point: even despite WhatsApp being such monstrosity, it still took off by storm - and, the way things look, it's quite possible it might become the dominant player in its field.

The factors you or I care about often hardly matter in social, really, dynamics of IM networks.

BTW, UID based on phone numbers was one of its major strenghts (WRT why & how it became so popular)

Edited 2012-11-08 07:32 UTC

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