Windows Live Messenger to Go Dark March 15
Microsoft indicated this week that its Windows Live Messenger service will be permanently shuttered on March 15. The company is replacing Windows Live instant messenger with Skype, and suggests that all Windows Live Messenger users transition to Skype as soon as possible. Microsoft has updated the Skype application for various platforms in recent months to improve its chatting abilities. This includes Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. A preview version of Skype for Windows Phone is currently available in the Windows Phone Store.
Skype Adds Cortana to Windows Phone App
Skype today updated its mobile application for the Windows Phone platform and added support for Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant. Windows Phone 8.1 users can now use voice commands to launch Skype conversations.
Microsoft Improves Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone
Microsoft today announced the availability of a new version of Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone. The revised application adds a couple of new features, including support for groups.
Skype for Windows Phone Gains Drawing Feature
Microsoft today issued an update to its Skype app for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. The app has been refreshed with several new features, the foremost of which is the ability to create drawings within messages.
Microsoft Releases Skype for Business App on Windows Phone
Microsoft today replaced its Lync 2013 corporate messaging app with Skype for Business for Windows Phone. The app has a refreshed user interface for messaging, more emoticons, and improved interactions with the server.