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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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Thu 8th Nov 2012 08:31 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Keep knifing them babies, Microsoft!

At some point with all this brand switcheroo and project cannibalism, Microsoft will be left with a confusing and disharmonious collection of platforms and strategies -- oh, too late.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 8th Nov 2012 11:39 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

So true... Microsoft's product line started looking like a joke quite a while back, and it seems to be getting worse almost every third or fifth time they make the news. I was already disgusted enough with their "Live" crap, and then what they did with the Xbox brand (now it's some generic multimedia crap for almost every OS they put out these days, and it's no longer all about the games). They had a glimmer of hope in the form of Outlook.com, or so I thought... and now, they shatter it with this news.

Probably no image nails Microsoft's latest brand and product lines and this subject in general as much as this album cover...

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4vgi1mcf41qespvko1_400.jpg

Edited 2012-11-08 11:53 UTC

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by lucas_maximus on Thu 8th Nov 2012 12:12 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Not really.

Skype is widely used, especially with business. MSN messenger is a ad ridden pile of crap, these days.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 8th Nov 2012 12:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

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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