Microsoft ditches Messenger

Microsoft ditches Messenger

“Microsoft has announced it’s closing down its Windows Live Instant Messenger in favour of Skype

This week, Windows users will bid a fond farewell to one of the most used applications in Microsoft’s OS armoury: Windows Live Messenger. Originally known as MSN Messenger, this instant-messenging service was something of a progenitor in online communications tools. It began life as a simple messenger-chat application and was later augmented to allow users to communicate using voice and video.

Now, however, it seems its lifespan seems to have run its course, as Microsoft have announced plans to retire it in favour of Skype. Microsoft acquired Skype in a deal last year reported to be worth in the region of £5.3 billion and has since bundled the communication app into its new Windows 8 operating system.”

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