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 robmv on Thu 8th Nov 2012 12:56 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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They already support XMPP (with some OAUTH based authentication), GNOME 3 Empathy support connecting to Messenger network using XMPP. What they don't support yet is federation (interconnection between XMPP providers networks), unlike Google Talk

I hope this gateway remains and I think it should because this capitulation on MS to use the XMPP standard was to allow easier integration with businesses that wanted to provide services over Messenger

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