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Skype to Replace Windows Live Messenger by 2013

Windows Live Messenger (formarly MSN Messenger)has been the integral part of the Windows users for over a decade and half.


But with the Skype aquisition last year,it’s time to say good bye to the Windows Live Messenger.As reported earlier on Skype blog,that the company will retire Windows Live Messenger in first quarter of 2013 (except for mainland china)and the existing messenger users can move to Skype using their Microsoft IDs(Windows Live,Outlook,Hotmail) to make the transition easy.

The integration feature is now available for the latest version of Skype 6.0 for Windows and Mac.

Source[Skype Blog]

Skype 1.0 Released For Windows Phones,With Issues Running On Low End Devices

Skype has just released the full version(earlier it was in beta) for Windows Phone over the Windows Phone Marketplace.The popular VoIP app is available for download for free over the marketplace.

Currently Microsoft has Tested and verified the following Window Phone Devices whch can perfectly run the Skype 1.0 app without any issue,here is the list of  certified devices,

 

• Nokia Lumia 710
• Nokia Lumia 800
• Nokia Lumia 900
• HTC Titan
• HTC Radar
• Samsung Focus S
• Samsung Focus Flash

At the moment the low end Tango based devices which run  on 256MB devices,as reported earlier on their blog post,that Skype would require atleast 512MB of memory to install and Run Skype on a Windows Phone devices.
As we know Microsoft updated their Hardware Specifications for the lower end Windows Phone Devices with minimum 256MB RAM,after which we saw the release of devices like the Nokia Lumia 610,ZTE Orbit with these new low end hardware specifications.So there are known issues wihlow end devices running the Skype app.
But according to Nokia that is not the case,in fact Nokia itself came forward and reported to Engadget,about the app which ran perfectly wellon Lumia 610,stating that there were some initial challenges running the app on it.Though they didn’t  went into detailing what challenges they faced while making it run on the lower end windows phone.
At the moment there is no word on other low end devices being able to run the skype app,we can expect the upcoming version of the app to be compatible with the low end devices .

Windows 8 To Usher In Cross-platform Workability

Amongst a variety of things discussed in the interview with  Microsoft’s Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein, at the Internet Conference by Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini,Windows 8 was not to be left far behind. According to a video posted by Microsoft, the interview mainly consisted of Q&A session.

Excerpts from the interview are as follows:

When asked of the motive behind Windows 8′s Metro UI  Peter Klein stated,

Windows 8′s Metro interface will be part of Microsoft’s plans to bring that UI to other platforms. What we’re trying to do is develop a complete set of experiences across all device types, be they TV, tablets, PCs, phone, whatever. It’s unclear exactly what the ultimate device spectrum will be. In everything that we’re doing I think things have come together very nicely over the last couple of years.

He also mentioned of the experience of using Windows 8 would be same when used on either x86 or ARM-based hardware, however, there would be differences  “on the margin” between the two products.

Another way that Microsoft plans to link its various products together is with its merger with Skype. During the conference, Klein stated, “Skype extends that across all of our assets, whether it’s with Lync in the enterprise, or with Xbox Live. It’s something that really ties together all of our devices, a scenario that’s as universal as any.”

Microsoft’s ability to fully integrate Skype with its other properties may have hit a roadblock , as its said that, Cisco yesterday had filed an appeal in the General Court of the European Union stating that, while it isn’t opposing Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, it would like the approval of  EU,also stating that, the purchase needs to be reviewed, with the possibility of new conditions being imposed.

Microsoft Wastes no time in Launching Skype Site After the Acquisition

Microsoft launched its new Skype website today.The new site mentions what all new things are going to be introduced,and how Microsoft will take it to another level.

Microsoft announced that Skype is an entirely new business division within Microsoft. Steve Ballmer said that “Skype is a phenomenal product and brand that is loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world” and that Microsoft “look forward to working with the Skype team to create new ways for people to stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues — anytime, anywhere.”

Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Skype Division of Microsoft immediately, reporting directly to Ballmer. The Skype division will continue to offer its current products to millions of users globally. Longer term, Skype will also be integrated across an array of Microsoft products to broaden Skype’s reach and accelerate its growth as a fundamental way people communicate online. Skype employees will continue to be located around the world in offices including Estonia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the United States.“By bringing together the best of Microsoft and the best of Skype, we are committed to empowering consumers and businesses around the globe to connect in new ways,” Bates said. “Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype’s goal to reach 1 billion users daily,” Bates said.

Microsoft had already promised on making Skype available for its Windows Phone 7 users Mango update and it seems that they will eventually fulfill their promise.However, Microsoft has wasted no time adding Skype to its wide range of products although, if you want to download Skype you will realize that it still directs you to old Skype page.

Checkout the Microsoft Skype Site

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Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion

Yesterday was quite a buzzing day with rumors floating around the alleged Microsoft deal with Skype to take it over and finally later in the day an official word came from the Software Giant,who acquired one of the leading name in internet communications  today.

Microsoft reportedly bought Skype for a whooping $8.5 Billion in cash.So it means its only matter of time till we get to see Premium Skype Services to Microsoft Devices and Operating System.Starting off with Kinect  for Xbox 360 ,Windows Phone 7 and other Windows Based devices.Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities.Having said that it’s not the end of the road for non Microsoft based  platforms,Microsoft will equally support the Non-Microsoft Platform Skype Clients as well.

So get ready for some interesting services like Kinect Video Chat and the much awaited competitor for Google Voice and Apple’s Facetime from Windows Phone 7.Eagerly waiting for some Skype Goodness on my Windows Phone 7 :D

Checkout the Official Press Release Here

Image Credits: Microsoft