Confirmed: Skype Will Replace Messenger In All Countries Worldwide Except China

Microsoft today confirmed that Skype will replace Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available). In order to focus the development efforts and create seamless experiences, Microsoft will be doing this operation.

Once you update to Skype, here are some of the other great features Messenger users can expect:

• Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets
• Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place
• Sharing screens
• Video calling on mobile phones
• Video calling with Facebook friends
• Group video calling

With Skype 6.0, users can already sign into Skype client using their Microsoft account and chat/video call with their Messenger and Facebook friends. Also Microsoft will be posting more information in the next few months to help you transition to Skype.

Source: Skype

  • Big D

    Seems like a logical move and definitely for the better. The Win8 Skype app is beautiful and seamless when switching between the RT/WP8 app!

  • koenshaku


  • Il Baffo

    Interesting that in windows phone 7.8 the integrated Skype account (at least for text chat) is not planned…

    • the person

      Cause MS wants 7.x to die as quickly as possible.

      • Il Baffo

        sadly I know… I own an htc mozart…

      • mog0

        Not really…Many budget phones are still going to be released with WP7 on them. However don’t expect the integration as that uses APIs that are new to WP8 and I’d be shocked if they ever got backported so you’ll have to make do with the standard app.

        • xma1e

          Still expect WP7 to quickly die out.When WP7 camne out WM6 was supposed to be the cheaper version but that never happened.

    • koenshaku

      No details have been unveiled for 7.8 yet.

  • guest

    What about UAE? Skype is banned in UAE!

    • techieg

      There is nothing MS can do about that. Users in UAE can however access it via VPN. Ask your ISP, they sell VPN services in those regions.

  • Nafe

    Good news to hear from Microsoft, i bet all windows live fans are agreeing to use skype instead!