Switching to Skype from Messenger? There’s a FAQ for that

By Kip Kniskern | Posted November 8, 2012 8 comments

messenger skypeEarly next year, Microsoft is planning to retire Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype, bundling the back end of Messenger with the Skype interface, and bringing along with it Skype’s video calling and VoIP capabilities.

While much is missing from Skype as an instant messaging client if you’re like us and used to Messenger (drag and drop image/file sharing and the way tabbed conversations work quickly come to mind), we’ve made the switch to Skype, and while we’re already missing Messenger, we’re hoping the instant messaging part of the service gets better, soon.

If you’re contemplating doing the same, there’s a new FAQ over at “Microsoft Community” (previously Microsoft Answers), which while it’s a bit long on clumsy interface and “PR speak”, does provide some good information on what you can expect if you do make the switch early.  Here’s a few we picked out that might be useful to you:

There’s quite a few more questions and answers on the Microsoft Community page, be sure to check them all out.

We’re definitely still getting used to Skype, but the road ahead is pretty clear, and we’re all going to just have to get used to the changes (well except if you’re in China, where Messenger will continue on as it’s administered by a third party).

Have you made the switch?  Have you been a Skype user all along?  What do you think of Skype as an IM client?

Posted November 8th, 2012 at 10:42 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Messenger, Skype
  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    Skype is still a bit messy after merging, cause now you have every contact seperate (like 1 for msn / 1 for fb / 1 skype, while they are the same person, it’s not merged together like on WP.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

      I agree

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    Skype is still a bit messy after merging, cause now you have every contact seperate (like 1 for msn / 1 for fb / 1 skype, while they are the same person, it’s not merged together like on WP.)

    • Joscelin Trouwborst

      I agree

  • Mrtilus

    ‘Is conversation tabbing available in Skype? ‘
    In Skype you can easily move between your conversations by selecting your recent conversations and moving between windows.

    lol so in other words…..NO. See Microsoft, was that so hard?

    So is it just the client itself that will stop, or the service? As in…can i just switch to Pidgin or Trillian instead. Skype handles IM awfully.

  • Mrtilus

    ‘Is conversation tabbing available in Skype? ‘
    In Skype you can easily move between your conversations by selecting your recent conversations and moving between windows.

    lol so in other words…..NO. See Microsoft, was that so hard?

    So is it just the client itself that will stop, or the service? As in…can i just switch to Pidgin or Trillian instead. Skype handles IM awfully.

  • jamesfd

    I reinstalled Messenger after giving Skype a try. It felt so backwards and it’s missing so many features. Tabbed convos and drag and drop photo sharing were very common features I used and the fact that contacts are not linked/combined anymore is such a pain and annoying. It makes me appreciate Messenger more. I really hope they add the missing features into Skype soon.

  • jamesfd

    I reinstalled Messenger after giving Skype a try. It felt so backwards and it’s missing so many features. Tabbed convos and drag and drop photo sharing were very common features I used and the fact that contacts are not linked/combined anymore is such a pain and annoying. It makes me appreciate Messenger more. I really hope they add the missing features into Skype soon.