On the final post on “Inside Windows Live”, Brian Hall says goodbye to Windows Live Messenger

By Kip Kniskern | Posted November 6, 2012 17 comments

messenger skypeJust a few minutes ago, Microsoft President, Skype Division, Tony Bates announced a new version of Skype that is set to replace Windows Live Messenger, which is being retired in the first quarter of 2013.  At the same time, Brian Hall from what used to be Windows Live posted on what he announced was “the final post” on the Inside Windows Live blog (to be fair, the last post was from July), laying out some of the reasons why Microsoft is making the switch (and perhaps why it bought Skype in the first place):

A lot has changed for IM and Messenger. We started to text more on our phones, to broadcast messages on Facebook and Twitter, and Skype became the best way to have video and voice calls (in addition to also letting you IM).

Later in the post, Hall hints at more to come for Skype, including integration with Outlook.com:

We’re confident that Skype provides a better experience and even stronger network – today and even more so in the future, especially with the addition of the Messenger network.

And most importantly, because more of the people you care about will be on Skype, you can connect in richer ways, and you can be connected on more devices and platforms. We will enable Skype to work better with Outlook.com than Messenger ever has too.

By the way, if you do make the switch to Skype, since it uninstalls Windows Live Messenger, you’ll only be able to get to your Messenger history via Outlook.com (unless you want to parse the xml files stored on your computer if you chose to save your conversations).  Currently, Skype has the ability to save your conversations, but they won’t show up on Outlook.com… yet.

So sort of a sad day, but at the same time, like Brian Hall, we’re “excited about a future of amazing devices and services!”.

Let us know if you’ve made the switch, or if you haven’t, why not?

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 11:08 am
Category: News
Tags: Messenger, Skype
  • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

    I have been using MSN/Live Messenger and Skype next to each other for years. I have signed in to Skype with my Microsoft Account a couple of weeks ago, merged with my Skype account and disabled the start as Windows starts in Messenger. I have not used Messenger since. However, the Skype Windows 8 app lacks an awful lot of functionality. I expect Microsoft to move fast in this.

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    I have been using MSN/Live Messenger and Skype next to each other for years. I have signed in to Skype with my Microsoft Account a couple of weeks ago, merged with my Skype account and disabled the start as Windows starts in Messenger. I have not used Messenger since. However, the Skype Windows 8 app lacks an awful lot of functionality. I expect Microsoft to move fast in this.

  • Iaveina

    I’ve been using MSN for nearly 11 years and have always 100% preferred it to Skype.

    Today’s a sad day.

  • Iaveina

    I’ve been using MSN for nearly 11 years and have always 100% preferred it to Skype.

    Today’s a sad day.

  • arseny92

    The history for Skype contacts is being saved for me in Outlook.com messaging history though. Ever since I merged the accounts in Skype 5.11 Beta. But for some unknown reason, the Skype contacts do not show up for me in People

    Sad it does not have history import capabilities…

  • arseny92

    The history for Skype contacts is being saved for me in Outlook.com messaging history though. Ever since I merged the accounts in Skype 5.11 Beta. But for some unknown reason, the Skype contacts do not show up for me in People

    Sad it does not have history import capabilities…

  • hysonmb

    I never saw the need for multiple messaging applications outside of simply having a personal preference. I like the new Skype on Windows 8 and didn’t even notice the Messenger was gone before reading this.

  • hysonmb

    I never saw the need for multiple messaging applications outside of simply having a personal preference. I like the new Skype on Windows 8 and didn’t even notice the Messenger was gone before reading this.

  • http://twitter.com/Bleak_Morn Bleak Morn

    At work, Skype is expressly prohibited – and yet we use Live Messenger constantly. So… either the Skype ban falls, or we stop using IM. Dark ages here we come!

    • Rafyelzz

      Outlook.com is not forbidden is it? So you’ll have a nitch there :)

  • http://twitter.com/Bleak_Morn Bleak Morn

    At work, Skype is expressly prohibited – and yet we use Live Messenger constantly. So… either the Skype ban falls, or we stop using IM. Dark ages here we come!

    • Rafyelzz

      Outlook.com is not forbidden is it? So you’ll have a nitch there :)

    • Rafyelzz

      Outlook.com is not forbidden is it? So you’ll have a nitch there :)

  • SyCo

    I’ve switched to Skype 6.0.73.123 but I don’t seem to get Hotmail/Outlook.com e-mail notifications anymore !? Anyone knows how to set this ?? Thanks!

  • SyCo

    I’ve switched to Skype 6.0.73.123 but I don’t seem to get Hotmail.com/Outlook.com e-mail notifications anymore !? Anyone knows how to set this ?? Thanks! BTW the “Compact” view it more similar to Live Messenger if you prefer that.

  • http://ghadzhigeorgiev.wordpress.com Georgi Hadzhigeorgiev

    Skype lacks two important for me features: no email notifications and the custom contact lists are not saved this on different devices they are not synced. Those too, plus the fact Skype is massively bloated and full of useless stuff, makes it non attractive to me. Until those problems are solved I’ll keep using Messenger. If after they completely drop it and Skype still lacks those functions, well you know … there’s always alternatives :)

  • http://ghadzhigeorgiev.wordpress.com Georgi Hadzhigeorgiev

    Skype lacks two important for me features: no email notifications and the custom contact lists are not saved this on different devices they are not synced. Those too, plus the fact Skype is massively bloated and full of useless stuff, makes it non attractive to me. Until those problems are solved I’ll keep using Messenger. If after they completely drop it and Skype still lacks those functions, well you know … there’s always alternatives :)