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Rumor: Microsoft to replace MSN Messenger with Skype
Posted: 17.01.2013 06:05 by Comments: 13
Microsoft recently shuttered MSN Messenger after trying to make it its chat software of choice, integrating it in the Xbox Live software. However, the chat service was never seriously adopted.

Since Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion two years ago, it makes sense that the publisher would begin its integration into both Microsoft's PC and next-generation Xbox holdings.

According to an anonymous source, Microsoft is "consolidating all their communications technology" around Skype, making it the default chat service on Windows-based PCs and tablets as well as the next-gen console. "You might jump to the conclusion that we'll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live," the source added.

Stay tuned.
Source: CVG
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Comments

By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 17, 2013
SirRoderick
I had no idea Skype is owned by MS, surprised they still kept their own messenger around this long.
By Maffia01 (SI Member) on Jan 17, 2013
Maffia01
It's hardly a rumour or something that requires anonymous sources, it's been in the news quite a bit and MS have sent millions of people emails about it!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 17, 2013
herodotus
Wise move as I never use Messenger and don't actually know anyone who does. Hotmail is still useful, though Skydrive is another aspect of Windows Live that I don't hear much about. Obviously Windows Live is going through a few changes...again.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 17, 2013
SirRoderick
I use Skype pretty much everyday now, don't even know if I have Live on this computer (checks) I don't :P
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 17, 2013
herodotus
I like having my Hotmail account, and if you continue to use Skype Roddy, you may just find you WILL have Windows Live soon. Skype will probably just replace Messenger instead of being stand-alone.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 17, 2013
SirRoderick
Well I don't mind, Skype is handy and non-intrusive and all those good things.
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Jan 17, 2013
Xyfer117
As long as they revamp the current Skype interface I really don't like it at the minute, I only have it to keep in touch with friends at Uni.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 17, 2013
SirRoderick
IT's alright to me, anything specific bugging you?
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Jan 17, 2013
Xyfer117
Hard to say really I just don't like the look or feel of it I'd prefer it to feel (and look) more like a messenger or have the ability to make it look more like a messenger.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 17, 2013
SirRoderick
Fair enough ^^
By Jasca_Ducato (SI Core) on Jan 19, 2013
Jasca_Ducato
Seems they're also going to be dropping XBL chat in favour of Skype for the 720...
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 19, 2013
nocutius
The number of people using msn has been dropping steadily over the years anyway, most of my friends switched to skype a while back.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Jan 19, 2013
unsilviu
It's not a rumour, I got an email from MS about just that, which is strange, since I only used Windows Azure from that account, and not Messenger...