Microsoft to Merge Skype and Windows Live Messenger Services
Microsoft today announced that it plans to combine its Windows Live Messenger IM product with Skype moving forward. Windows Live Messenger, which is Microsoft's long-standing instant messaging platform, will be retired during the first quarter of 2013. Skype, which is also owned byt Microsoft, will become its favored messaging service across platforms and devices. It will work with Windows and Mac desktops, Windows, Android, and iOS tablets, as well as Windows, Android, and iOS smartphones. The new Skype/messenger product will offer screen sharing, mobile video calling, group calling, and video calling with Facebook friends. Skype and Windows Live Messenger users can merge their services beginning today.