Skype to become the new Windows Live Messenger

Skype to become the new Windows Live Messenger
Windows Phone 8 is going to be getting big updates to some key applications.  One of the applications that is already integrated into Windows8 and will be heavily integrated into Windows Phone 8 is Skype, an obvious reality since Microsoft owns the company.

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).

source: Skype




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11 Comments

1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: Oct 19, 2011

no, it just minimizes, it doesn't ever close :(

9. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 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: Sep 22, 2012

OMG!!!! MY mom uses Windows Live Messanger!!!!

7. davkaramagi

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

3. geniusjatt

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

MS on fire

5. mydi.maus unregistered

hello skype

6. crapdroid666

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

does anyone realise that msn and skype have the exact smae features? both can video chat / chat / microphone chat

10. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Good move on MSFT's part. Skype needs to continue improving, from good to great!

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

good bye messenger... it was a nice logo, even though i dont even use you! :P

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