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Microsoft to retire Windows Live Messenger service soon

By Jos ยท 15 replies
Nov 5, 2012
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  1. After more than a decade at the forefront of Microsoft's IM strategy it appears that Windows Live Messenger is ready to take a back seat to Skype. According to The Verge, multiple sources have confirmed that Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 984   +229

    I just hope they revamp the Win8 Skype app and the desktop app. Both need a lot of work...
  3. No way.
  4. Eehhhh I still use aim...you know? aol instant messenger? that and facebook chat + texting are about it for me :O
  5. Imo, the Skype needs revamp ... or different versions (or both)
    compatible with each other but offering different functionality
    simple chat should be in every v. - that's I'm using Skype

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Wtf no -_-

    why does all the good stuff have to go away -_-
  7. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,074

    The endless layering, mutation and convergence of these internet communication technologies is becoming too much to bother with, and a little frightening. I'm down to just email and the occasional voice call at this point. IMO, universal and relatively open standards are the only ones worth using. I also LOL heartily at the privacy nightmare Facebook has created. We're told by security experts to use different logins for every website and online serivice - and yet literally EVERYONE wants you to use your FB login for their service, too. No thanks to any of it.
    BlueDrake likes this.
  8. danhodge

    danhodge TS Member Posts: 80   +13

    I have used both, and Skype is the better service. There is no denying that - so this is a very smart move indeed!
    treeski likes this.
  9. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Booster Posts: 247   +27

    I'd better have a go at it quickly then, or I'll never know what I was missing!
  10. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 915   +24

    About time! I used windows live messenger when it was still called MSN Messenger years ago. I believe the first version that I've used is 6.2

    after mobile chat such as whatsapp and facebook chat booms, I find no reason to stay online using WLM anymore, however, Skype remains important and I frequently used it. One of the main bugger is that most of my Skype messages are delivered late. I hoped they fixed this when they move WLM to skype. smart move, I hope more people use Skype so I can dial them for free lol
    danhodge likes this.
  11. Now if they can work on lowering Skype's idle system resource usage. 100-150k idle is way too much if they want Skype to survive on platforms with less RAM.
  12. The 100 - 150k is pretty low, it's not 'way too much'. Unless you are talking about 100-150mb?
  13. dawei1993

    dawei1993 TS Rookie Posts: 37

    haha I used to be a windows live messenger user but had to swap over to skype just because NO ONE USED WLM ANYMORE !! I loved msn much more... It's easier to use.. at least for me : / but whatever.. I guess skype is alright too.
  14. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +55

    I'm still using WLM 8.5 on Windows 7. I don't need all the "social network" crap or anything else, just chat and messages. Looks like I'll just be using email next unless there's a stripped-down version of Skype. I don't want to install another bloated program for simple messaging.
  15. Divvet

    Divvet TS Member Posts: 57   +19

    I stopped using Skype when Microsoft purchased it and replaced very secure Linux servers with awfully insecure Windows servers and introduced back doors for spying.
    Also didn't like the fact it raped my network every time I used it for video chat.

    I used to love MSN Messenger before it became a bloated piece of crap.
    Oh well.
    As mentioned previously, the way forward are the Open Standard communication platforms.
  16. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    I didn't really think anything about the newest msn. I just didn't like the way it looked at first and some addons I used for it were incompatible. So I switched back to the older one a long while back and got the older one a while back. A friend of mine had the same problems with skype when his mother was using it while he was playing online, so he got her to switch to oovoo xD

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