Microsoft to drop Messenger, switch to Skype

Microsoft to drop Messenger, switch to Skype

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Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer makes an announcement May 10, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Microsoft is buying Internet phone service company Skype for $8.5 billion dollars in a move aimed at carving out a bigger presence in an online arena dominated by Google and Facebook.The acquisition of Skype, which had reportedly also attracted interest from Cisco, Facebook and Google, is the largest ever by the US software giant. AFP PHOTO / Kimihiro HOSHINO (Photo credit should read KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)

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KMOV.com

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft is scrapping its instant-messaging program and forcing most users to switch to Skype.

   Maintaining Windows Live Messenger made less sense after Microsoft Corp. bought Skype for $8.5 billion last year. A new version of Skype released a few weeks ago allows users to sign in with a Microsoft account. By merging the two services, people won't have to maintain two separate contact lists.

   Microsoft says much has changed in how people communicate. There's more use of text messaging and social networking, for instance.

   Microsoft said in Tuesday's announcement that Messenger users who switch to Skype will get benefits such as the ability to call landline and mobile phones and better support on mobile devices.

   Except for mainland China, Messenger will be discontinued worldwide after the first quarter of 2013.
 

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