Bye Bye MSN, Hello Skype

 

Microsoft has announced that in the first quarter of 2013 MSN (or Windows Live Messenger) will be killed off worldwide with the exception of mainland China. Instead the service is going to be replaced by a brand new rockin’ version of Skype.

The new version of Skype has received a face lift in more ways than one. Not only is it now integrated with Windows 8, but you can now sign in to it with a Microsoft account. This will mean that you don’t have to maintain two different contact lists and you also have all the added benefits that Skype brings such as internet calling and better mobile integration. Tony Bates, president of the Skype had this to say:

Our goal remains to deliver the best communications experience for everyone, everywhere. We want to focus our efforts on making things simpler for our users while continuously improving the overall experience.

Microsoft purchased Skype back in May 2011 for a reported $8.5 billion. I think what Microsoft need to concentrate on is making the whole process as seamless as possible so as to not have a repeat performance of the Outlook.com fiasco. Maybe automatically porting a users contact list over to Skype when they start using it. Let’s hope they can do it.

There is also talk of possibly integrating Skype in Facebook eventually so that you can do one click video calls straight from your Facebook stream. Here is a short video introducing the new version of Skype on Windows 8:

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I’m not really a Skype or MSN user any more so I don’t really think this will affect me much, but what do you think? Is this a good move or bad move on Microsoft’s part? Tell us why in the comments or come and discuss it more in the forums.

Bye Bye MSN, Hello Skype
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  • http://tech89.com/ Ulrich Gero

    Finally, Microsoft figured out that he’s losing Messenger users in favor of Skype and Facebook.

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  • http://GGene-SIS.com/ Donna Johnson

    So now a question I had has been answered … why FB integrated their voice chat with Messenger instead of w/ Skype … they saw the writing on the wall and knew they’d eventually be one in the same … FB was trying to save Messenger, I suppose.

  • Niklas Persson

    Good or bad? I would say bad. Why stop with something that work? If they have 2 or 50 different ways to reach out to their users, the more chance they snatch those that uses programs from their competitors. The more choices the happier users as you can never truly make everyone 100% happy while showing one single product under their noses. Why would even Messenger be a threat to Skype? All I can say is that their choice to shut off Messenger leads to only one thing from my side – and many of my friends are thinking the same: “That’s it for me then.” There are still many that refuses to use Facebook and similar “community” sites – and I am one of them as I see no use for it. I have no wish to flaunt my personal life in the face of others as if I desperately needed some sort of “see me” reinsurance from strangers. As for Skype, it has never been that system friendly to me and I see no reason for me to install it ever again. Back when I was more or less “forced” to use it to communicate with stubborn friends using nothing but Skype it caused my computer to seriously slow down. When I chat with people, I usually do other things at the same time. With Skype that was seldom an option for me. Maybe the newer versions will be more friendly in that way, but I do not think so. Perhaps I should thank them for freeing me from at least one M$ product. Alas, it is high time to move on to a competitor and see how they treat their long time users..

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