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Microsoft Pushes Skype and Messenger Closer Together

February 19, 2013 1 Comment

The Skype Team has recently announced even more news about merging Windows Live Messenger with its services. Now. the Windows Live Messenger desktop app will be upgraded April 8th.

Skype Team:

Skype is known around the world for helping people stay close whenever they’re apart.  It makes us proud that more than 280 million people choose Skype to connect with their loved ones and colleagues every month.

We love the opportunity to help more people laugh, gossip, share stories or just spend time together.  That’s why we’re excited about welcoming Windows Live Messenger users to Skype. Last November, we announced that Messenger and Skype are coming together with the option to sign in with a Microsoft account.

We want everyone who uses Messenger to have a positive experience. Upgrading to Skype can help you communicate in flexible ways, and be connected on more devices and platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone, Android and soon Blackberry.

The upgrade from Messenger to Skype on Windows desktop will start on April 8*. The process will take a few weeks to complete. We’ll start the upgrades with our English language clients, and finish up with Brazilian Portuguese on April 30 or later.

Skype offers many features Messenger users know and love such as emoticons, group instant messaging, and screen sharing, and we think you will discover many other advantages of using Skype:

  • Instant message conversation history
  • The ability to edit and remove instant messages
  • Being able to share files and contact information
  • Video calling and instant messaging with Facebook friends
  • Group video calling

We’re continuing to share ways Messenger users can learn more about Skype, like this tutorial of a Messenger user getting to know how to use Skype including its instant messaging experience.

WLM tutorial

As Messenger users upgrade to Skype on their desktops, we also encourage them to download Skype on their mobile devices, and sign in with their Microsoft account to check out all that Skype has to offer.  For more help on upgrading to Skype, please visit the Skype Support site. We would love to hear your feedback–select the “Give Feedback” link in the Skype Help menu to tell us what you think.

*With the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available.


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