Skype to become the new Windows Live Messenger
Skype has announced that users of Microsoft’s Messenger (Windows Live Messenger) may now connect their Microsoft account to the Skype client. Messenger is a heavily used service and coupling that user base with Skype creates a rather sizable user base.
With the release of Skype 6.0, Messenger users will be able to sign into Skype using their Messenger account credentials and their contacts will be there. With the migration to Skype, Messenger users will be able to use all the Skype features, plus have the ability to share screens, video calling on mobile phones, video calling with Facebook friends and group video calling.
What is yet to be seen is how this new set-up will work with certain games and other features that exist with Messenger. Also, what has not been communicated is whether the whole Messenger service will migrate to a peer-to-peer setup like Skype, or if Skype will have server-based features enabled. While Skype is a capable communications client for calling and instant messaging, Windows Live Messenger has other features like the ability to initiate remote assistance sessions.
As those issues are addressed, get used to the idea of Skype taking on the role, as Messenger will be retired in the first quarter of next year (except in China).
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1. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Does anyone know if Skype actually closes in Windows 8?
I find it very annoying to go into the task manager to close it every time I am done (on Windows 7).
2. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I'll get windows 8 soon, tell you there , also you just need to close the main one and both should go down
8. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
no, it just minimizes, it doesn't ever close :(
9. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
No it doesn't ever close. It is running even after you sign out of the application. It is running even after you turn it off. Heck if you shred your device, it still runs.
4. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
OMG!!!! MY mom uses Windows Live Messanger!!!!
7. davkaramagi (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
If using a touchscreen, swipe from top of screen to bottom. That should close the application. That's what I do on my slate which i recently updated to Win 8 Pro.
5. mydi.maus (unregistered)
6. crapdroid666 (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
does anyone realise that msn and skype have the exact smae features? both can video chat / chat / microphone chat
10. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Good move on MSFT's part. Skype needs to continue improving, from good to great!
11. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
good bye messenger... it was a nice logo, even though i dont even use you! :P