Two more Windows Live services to be discontinued in Wave 4: Call and Toolbar

By damaster | Posted March 28, 2010 13 comments

Last year we told you Microsoft will be adding two new Windows Live services to its family: Devices and Docs. Well, although there hasn’t been any official words on this, it appears that Microsoft will also be discontinuing two more Windows Live services in Wave 4 (in addition to Events and My.Live.com which are going away this April) – Windows Live Call and Windows Live Toolbar.

Those of you who had been using Windows Live Call – a VoIP software that comes with Messenger which allows PC-to-PC and PC-to-Phone, might have recently received notice that your Windows Live Call service will be getting discontinued soon. Indeed, Voype by Telefonica, the service provider for Windows Live Call in USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela, and Bell Canada, the service provider for Canada, have both indicated on their website that the service will be discontinued:

Voype by Telefonica Voybe by Telefonica
Microsoft’s next release of Windows Live Messenger slated for later this year will not support the Voype calling feature and users who upgrade to this version will no longer have access to the Voype calling service. Therefore, re-charges to your account, or new account registration will no longer be active. Please consume your remaining balance by June 1st, 2010.

Bell Internet Talk
Bell Internet TalkAs of March 31, 2010, we will no longer be offering Internet Talk service, and your account will be discontinued. You may continue using your minutes until then or please log into your account and start a chat session with a live Bell agent who will reimburse your unused balance. To keep in touch with friends and family, Bell offers alternative long distance solutions such as prepaid long distance cards and international long distance plans with affordable rates. We thank you for your business and apologize for any inconvenience.

For those of you who had tried out the leaked version of Windows Live Essentials Wave 4 (M2 build), you might’ve also realised that Windows Live Toolbar is no longer included, and instead replace by Bing Bar. In fact, an internal document showing the description for “Windows Live Essentials 2010 beta” confirms this too:

Windows Live Essentials beta text

And as we have mentioned several times earlier, the revamped Windows Live Sync (think Live Mesh-replacement), and the new Messenger Companion, will now be part of Windows Live Essentials. Looks like Wave 4 is getting near us!

Posted March 28th, 2010 at 9:03 am
Category: News
Tags: Call, Toolbar, VOIP, Wave 4, Windows Live
  • bartw78

    Just a wild assumption / guess: Telefonica stops the voip service from June 1st, about the time Wave 4 is expected to make an appearance.
    However, Bell Canada stops the service as of march 31st. They just wanna loose 3 months of revenue? Or…… perhaps Wave 4 beta is coming in the next few days and they expect people to transfer immediately?!?!?!

  • James

    Does this mean you won’t be able to do video calls to contacts (PC to PC) within messenger like you can now?!

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      You’ll still be able to do PC to PC voice calls as well as Video Calls. Just the ability to do PC-to-Phone calls has been discontinued.

  • bartw78

    No, I was able to make video calls as per normal. You loose the option to calls fixed landlines etc (the Skype alternative of Windows Live so to say)

  • JohnCz

    Consolidation to Bing Bar is desirable as long as they enhance the Windows Live buttons. Currently, the Windows Live button is just a placeholder with no functionality behind it.

  • JohnCz

    Skype, Yahoo, Google all offer some sort of VOIP/Phone support. So I wonder if they might reintroduce VOIP/Phone functionality via Services like they seem to be doing with Facebook.

    • JohnCz

      Although I doubt it, it would be cool if they allowed developers to add new connector services. That way the VOIP/Phone void could be filled.

    • Chris

      it would be nice if messenger supported VOIP. It would basically be Microsoft’s version of skype.

  • JSYOUNG571

    I still do not like the fact that they are getting rid of the Windows Live Toolbar. It looks like they could have done more with it. I use it everyday to view my latest updates, mail, calendar, and phots while I am on another web page. Will Bing toolbar do all of that?

    • Chris

      In my opinion I’m a bit glad. There was no reason to have two (or three) toolbars. theres no real reason to have even one, given mordern day web broswers have search bars as well as a bookmarks bar. Everything a tool bar can do, a modern day browser can do also.

  • http://twitter.com/Insomniac86 Aaron Harvey

    They need to add the option to hide the dam search box. IE already has one. I dont need two search fields. Also i hope that IE 9 has built in favorite sync. But i dont think its gonna.

    • Mario Albertico

      I’m right there with you. If they just allowed for either the browser’s search box or the one in the toolbar to be hidden when Bing is the detected search provider, then it would make matters just a tad less redundant.

  • msgbg

    Will Bing Bar support custom toolbar buttons? If not, this is a very bad move…