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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Been Messenger with Skype since 2005
by tuaris on Thu 8th Nov 2012 18:46 UTC
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Is "Messenger replaceable by Skype"?

Absolutely yes. I have been moving everyone, friends, family, and strangers away from MSN to Skype since 2005 telling them how much better it was (even in 2005 Skype was that good).

Now, I am just waiting for a good Skype replacement so I can begin moving those very same people off Skype and on to it. So when Microsoft finally makes Skype .NET and Windows only, I am prepared.

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