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PX Eliezer7
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Skype to replace Windows Live Messenger.

Earlier this week, we reported on a The Verge post saying that Microsoft is planning to retire Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype, the service it acquired back in May, 2011. Now today, Skype has made the retirement official, posting on The Big Blog, the official Skype blog:

We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available).

Although Skype just updated its Windows and Mac clients recently, there is a new update, with a big difference: this new update will uninstall Messenger as it moves you to Skype....

»www.liveside.net/2012/11/06/skyp···er-2013/

Why will the change from Messenger to Skype not be pushed so much in China? Perhaps the authorities there don't want to do anything that will promote Skype, which they have seen as a hazard to their power.


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Hmmmm....

I reckon this follows that old M$ mantre :

"If you can't beat 'em, BUY 'em !"

PX Eliezer7
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Eventually there will just be 3 big media/tech companies:

Microsoft, Google, and Disney.

Now, Disney already bought Marvel and Pixar, and now is buying Lucasfilm. There will be some new Star Wars movies made under the Disney roof.

I can't wait to see [Buzz Lightyear] from "Toy Story" become part of the Star Wars saga....

ConstantineM

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said by PX Eliezer7:

Eventually there will just be 3 big media/tech companies:

Apple, Google, and Disney.

There, fixed it for you.

ConstantineM

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said by PX Eliezer7:

Why will the change from Messenger to Skype not be pushed so much in China? Perhaps the authorities there don't want to do anything that will promote Skype, which they have seen as a hazard to their power.

Might just be related to the great popularity of MSN Messenger in PRC, so, no business reason to retire a popular brand.

(Remember, all software is free in China, including that of Microsoft.)


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Ever since the demise of NetMeeting, this is a good thing.

OmagicQ
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I wonder what they are planning for Skype now that Messenger is going away. I think they will introduce features and ruin it. I'll bet they will soon introduce skype for xbox 360 console and integrate it further into windows.
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PX Eliezer7
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said by PX Eliezer7:

Eventually there will just be 3 big media/tech companies:

Microsoft, Google, and Disney.

said by ConstantineM:

said by PX Eliezer7:

Eventually there will just be 3 big media/tech companies:

Apple, Google, and Disney.

There, fixed it for you.

Apple's very dominance will be its undoing.

Microsoft has already been made stronger for the long term by having to go through the US and EU antitrust challenges.

Apple has gotten more of a free pass, but its day of reckoning is coming. And its current flagship products and services will be more and more subject to competition. Its Asian manufacturing practices will be more and more subject to daylight scrutiny. And its corporate leadership and R&D will go to eutrification.

Eight years from now, Apple will be another [dead Mac walking].

It will be on the list with Eastman Kodak, Motorola, Sony, Sears, Sun Microsystems, and (especially!) Yahoo: Companies that were on the top of the world, but now are on the bottom of the shoe.

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now they have atleast two tools to handle - skype and lync.. one of them may absorbed into another eventually, perhaps.. but IMO lync will evolve into a full fledged VOIP based tool (if it isnt already..) vs skype to cater to the non-corporate masses...