Microsoft Replaces Windows Live Messenger With Skype

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Starting today, Windows Live Messenger users will be able to talk to their contacts using most popular VOIP service, Skype.

Skype president Tony Bates confirmed this in a blog post. “Millions of Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype. By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends,” He wrote in a blog post.

This integration came in the Skype v6.0 that allows users to login with their Windows Live account. All users who use Messenger need to update their Skype to use this feature. Users will also be able to merge their Skype account with Windows Messenger account.

This integration has also brought a question about those third party services which use Microsoft Messenger protocol. Will this integration affect those services? We are trying to get more information about this.

Blog post also announced that Windows Messenger will retire in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 except China. In China, Messenger will continue to be available. But the reason for availability in china is not mentioned in the announcement.

What do you think about this integration? Do you think that it is better to use Skype for messaging? Let us know your views via comments.