Microsoft’s Messenger Transition To Skype Pushed To April 8th [Updates]

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Back in January, Microsoft announced that it would be retiring its long-time Messenger service and replacing it with recently-acquired Skype on March 15th. However, users can now expect that the big change won’t even get started until April 8th.

On Friday, Microsoft announced that the migration will begin with countries that have English-based populations, and it will end with those that speak “Brazilian Portuguese” on April 30th. Users must switch to Skype without an option to decline.

Since users from each service will now merge, the acquisition will provide incentives for both companies.

With the millions of users between both Microsoft and Skype, it is understood that both companies’ user-bases will benefit. Skype also accounts for one-third of the world’s phone traffic, thus bringing even more value to the software giant.

Microsoft acquired Skype in January after much speculation. The transaction for the acquisition cost an estimated $6 billion.

This was one part of Microsoft’s transition to the rebranding of its products. For instance, Hotmail users must eventually use Outlook.com.

It was originally going to take you two months to get ready for the big shift to Skype, but appears that’s going to change! Of course, that doesn’t exactly matter – the migration from Messenger to Skype is imminent. That’s why we have a few questions for you:

Why do you think Microsoft has delayed the transition from Messenger to Skype? Do you use one piece of software over the other? Do you prefer to have choices for your communication software? Do you believe that the transition from Messenger to Skype will fail or succeed?

Source: TheNextWeb

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Comments (17)
  • Frosty

    I used skype years ago, a few of our buisness units use it with overseas companies.. it’s a good service, but a lousy client. As so many have mentioned it’s a resource hog, it also cause no end of issues with resource restricted machines many of or CSR’s use. Our IT group started using messanger about two years ago due to it’s small footprint on the machines, and ease of access. We’re looking at an alternatives now.

  • abdul nasser

    Being Skype is merged with MS, one thing is sure.
    Skype also is going to be in the ocean of bugs, patches and above all instability…. like MS.

  • r-diddy

    Lockhart, you give yourself too much credit in describing your writing sa slightly above mediocre. This article reads like it was written by an eight-year-old with attention deficit disorder.

    • Joshua Lockhart

      I can confirm that I am not eight-years-old.

      Also, as far as I know, I do not have an attention deficit disorder.

  • Bud

    Microsoft’s hotmail has been my preference and I’m one very unhappy person now that I’m being FORCED to use Outlook, that’s #1. Number 2 is that nothing has been clearly stated about being able to send emails via Skype, since it never had that capability, and 3, Skype’s updated versions have sucked badly, and I’ve always had to revery back to one of their earlier versions!!!

    Any wonder as to why so many people are becoming fed-up with the arrogance of these corporate “expletive deleted” jerks ???????????? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fik of Borg

    I don’t DISLIKE Skype, but I only use it if I have no choice because it EATS resources, while messenger (2009 build 14, which I still use often) is reasonably light. On the other hand, I feel that Skype offers better video/audio quality than messenger’s provided my ISP is behaving.

    What I dislike is the migration. I tried to migrate to skype early while there is no hurry, but all my carefully classified messenger contacts got imported bunched together in skype, and I also lost my contacts’ custom nicknames (ie. I have “Bill from accounting” instead of his stupid “Love is in the air” or whatever). Also, the chat log format with Messenger Plus! is different from the chat log format of Messegner Plus! for Skype, making it difficult to maintain continuity.

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