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[2]: Comment by Kroc
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 8th Nov 2012 12:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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Things might have changed in over half a decade since I last used it, but I recall Yahoo! Messenger being incredibly bad as well. It was bloated as hell too. That's easily fixed by just using some other client like Pidgin. In fact, Microsoft could've even tossed their official client in the trash and made a new one from scratch... but instead, they decide to give the whole damn service the axe. The servers are being taken down completely for every part of the world except for parts of China.

It's pretty bad when a company chooses to support a foreign country instead of its own... but it seems like that's all the U.S. does these days, and the government seems to think it's just fine that jobs are moving across the oceans away from its own citizens. And now, there goes the original MSN Messenger service... to China.

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