Microsoft sealed one of the biggest deals of 2011 when it parted with $8.5 billion to buy Skype, one of the most popular messaging services in existence. It was also the biggest acquisition made by the US software giant, which is now preparing to make the most of its investment. Microsoft announced yesterday that its Messenger service would be going into retirement during the first quarter of next year but people who are currently using it will be able to keep in touch with their Messenger buddies on Skype.
The transition began a few weeks ago, when the latest Skype version for Mac and Windows was released, Microsoft said on its official Skype blog. The new build makes it possible for Messenger users to log into Skype with their Microsoft accounts. All they need to do is download Skype version 6.0 and enter their Microsoft account details and Skype will welcome them with their Messenger buddy list in place.
Microsoft said that it remains committed to improving the communication experience and the integration of Skype and Messenger is a step in that direction. The only country where Messenger will still be available is mainland China.
The company believes that the transition will deliver numerous benefits to current Messenger users. By embracing Skype, they will have a single service catering to all their communication needs, allowing them to send instant messages, make video calls and call landline and mobile phones. In addition, users will receive support for all device platforms, including tablets running on iOS and Android.
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