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Microsoft confirms Windows Live Messenger retirement ,will replace it with Skype

Microsoft has finally confirmed that Windows Live Messenger will be put to rest after thirteen years since its founding and will continue with Skype in future.

Microsoft has revealed it will start to discontinue Windows Live Messenger in early part of year 2013. Microsoft will integrate roughly around 100 million Messenger users to Skype as part of the discontinuation process.

We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available)” says Skype’s Tony Bates.

Microsoft is now encouraging users to download the latest version of Skype that supports Microsoft accounts, where users can easily integrate Skype and Windows Live Messenger accounts into a single Microsoft account.

For existing Windows Live Messenger users to access their account, they’ll be required to update their Skype client to version 6.0, and login with their Messenger account information. Company has listed the following benefits of switching from messenger to Skype:

  • Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets
  • Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place
  • Sharing screens
  • Video calling on mobile phones
  • Video calling with Facebook friends
  • Group video calling

Company says it will assist users over the coming months to smoothly transition over from Windows Live Messenger.

Microsoft Office for iPad and Android coming early next year

A new report claims Microsoft has decided to release a app version of Office for iPad early next year.

Microsoft plans to release Office Mobile in the form of free apps that will allow Android and iOS users to view Microsoft Office documents on the on their respective mobile devices.

Similar to the existing SkyDrive and OneNote apps, Office Mobile will also require a Microsoft account authetication.
Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents will all be supported, but for edit functionality for editing all these documents users will have to purchase an Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft will allow iOS users to purchase an Office 365 subscription from within the app, or let organizations distribute codes to enable Office Mobile editing for users. The apps will just allow basic editing of these documents.

According to the rumors, Office Mobile apps for Android and iOS would be made available from March 2013. Office Mobile for iOS will arrive first in late February or early March, with an Android version due in May.

Source : The Verge