Bye Bye Windows Live Messenger, Hello Skype!

| February 18, 2013 | Reply

If you’re a fan of Windows Messenger, then look set to lose this service on the 8th April to Skype. Skype’s new owner Microsoft (who some say paid way too much for Skype) are replacing the veteran Windows messenger with the Voice over IP (VoIP) service.

It has been reported that the English clients of the service will be affected first with Brazilian Portuguese services being switched over on 30th April or later.

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“Starting from 8 April, Messenger users, previously Windows Live Messenger/MSN Messenger, will find themselves unable to use the service,” Microsoft said in a blog post on Thursday.
“But don’t panic, this isn’t the cause of a catastrophic technical fault, simply wait to be prompted to install Skype, or follow a few painless steps to get yourself on the way.”

If you’re a Hotmail user, you’ll be able to transfer your contract by signing up with Skype as well as users. The ID you use can also be carried over which makes life just that little bit easier to make the switch.

There’s also a brand new video feature on Android, iPhone and Mac applications where users will be able to send prerecorded video messages that can be up to three minutes in length to their contacts. However, there’s a slight catch (there normally is), Skype will start charging you the moment you reach the 20 mark. I’m not sure how much, but from my experience, it normally starts off quite small to get general acceptance and is later ramped up once they reach the desired number of users.

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