Back in November, Microsoft 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 decided to do end Messenger service. Today, Microsoft sent out notifications to Messenger users in China that they will be closing down the service on October 31st. Users are recommended to migrate to Skype service and Microsoft is also offering 60 minutes of free calls to mobile and fixed lines globally to all these new users. 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 ...

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Back in 2011, Facebook released a new app called Messenger for Windows which lets you use Facebook without being on www.facebook.com. While you surf the web or use other applications on your computer, you can chat and message with your friends on Facebook, see the latest updates from your friends in ticker, get quick notifications about what’s going on. Today, Facebook announced that they are discontinuing the product on March 3rd. Facebook didn’t provide any particular reason for this action, but we guess Facebook is now trying to focus on mobile platforms. Recently, Facebook announced that they will be releasing Messenger app for Windows Phone devices soon. ...

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As previously reported, Skype will be absorbing Microsoft’s Messenger service everywhere except China. An update to the app for Windows 8 has brought along some improvements, and now also allow Skype users to call their Messenger contacts. The update features: Search people and groups Call Messenger contacts Improved video call performance General bug fixes The app can be found in the Windows 8 Store here. ...

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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: ...

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More and more analysts are coming round to the idea that Microsoft’s Skype purchase was strategically a very wise more, but we still hear all to often, largely from tech bloggers, that the $8.5 billion will soon be wasted due to Google Talk taking over. The truth of the matter is however that there are really only 2 big IM networks in the world, Skype and Windows Live Messenger, and the two combined likely have over 80% of the IM market. Of course no-one knows how how many active Google Talk users are, and Google has never told anyone, but as it is confined to a percentage of the 200 million Gmail users, likely not much bigger than Yahoo Messenger, and when Skype and Messenger merge the network effect will be immense, ultimately locking out other smaller IM networks. Microsoft has many plans for Skype,  but merely owning 80% of ...

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Microsoft’s Hotmail team today announced that the Facebook Chat integration in Hotmail rolls out worldwide. Last year, Microsoft started their integration with Facebook which allows Hotmail, Messenger users to connect their accounts with their Facebook accounts. After the connection, the users can chat with their Facebook friends as a normal messenger friend inside both Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail. It works handy to connect with your Facebook friends when your workplace/academic institution has blocked Facebook but have access to Hotmail. More details here. ...

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