Skype replaces Microsoft Messenger for online calls

Nov 06, 2012
Microsoft on Tuesday announced that recently-acquired Skype will replace its Messenger online chat service.

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that recently-acquired Skype will replace its Messenger online chat service.

" and Messenger are coming together," Skype said in a post at its website. "By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends."

The transition began a few weeks ago with the release of Skype 6.0 software that lets people sign into the online using Microsoft accounts.

"We want to focus our efforts on making things simpler for our users while continuously improving the overall experience," Skype said.

Messenger will "retire" in every country but China in the first quarter of next year.

Skype features include video calls and being able to call mobile phones from computers, as well as being able to connect with friends at leading social network Facebook.

Early this year Microsoft's Skype division chief Tony Bates cited Facebook as key to the growth of the service, which hoped to quadruple its number of users to a billion.

A Skype feature on Facebook allows for multiperson conversations and a camera icon that can be clicked on for instant one-on-one video calls with friends.

Skype users can make low-cost or free phone calls over the Internet using their computers or smartphones. Skype bypasses the standard telephone network by channeling voice and video calls over the Web.

Microsoft last year bought Skype for $8.5 billion in a move seen as aimed at boosting its presence in an online arena dominated by and .

Skype was founded in 2003 and acquired by online auction giant in September 2005. It was sold to an led by Silver Lake in November 2009 in a deal that valued the company at $2.75 billion.

Explore further: Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

EU approves Microsoft's Skype takeover

Oct 07, 2011

European anti-trust officials approved on Friday US technology giant Microsoft's $8.5-billion takeover of Internet voice and video leader Skype.

Skype scrambles after service trouble

May 26, 2011

Skype on Thursday was scrambling to fix a problem that caused the globally popular Internet telephone service to be inaccessible for a "small number" of users.

Facebook joins forces with Skype

Oct 14, 2010

Skype and Facebook joined forces Thursday to let users of the popular Internet communications service chat with their friends on the booming social network.

Recommended for you

Facebook unfriends federal drug agency

Oct 17, 2014

(AP)—Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it's not operating any more fake profile pages as part of ongoing investigations.

Obama unveils new measures to stem identity theft

Oct 17, 2014

US President Barack Obama on Friday ordered "pin and chip" security measures for government payment systems, aiming to stem the proliferation of credit card fraud and identity theft.

User comments : 0