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.
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.
Microsoft Brings the Power of Cortana and Bots to Skype
Microsoft is giving Skype a boost of intelligence thanks to Cortana and Skype Bots. With Cortana integration, Skype users will be able to do things such as manage their calendar and contacts without leaving the Skype app.
Skype Gains More Bots to Help with Travel and Purchases
Microsoft has updated Skype for Android, iOS, Mac, the web, and Windows devices and given the communications tool access to more chat bots. Microsoft says it worked with select partners this time around to bring dedicated services to Skype.
Instagram for Windows Grabs Huge Update
Facebook today announced three new apps for the Windows 10 platform, including a proper Instagram app for phones, and dedicated Facebook and Messenger apps for desktops. The Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile includes features that have long been available only to the Android and iOS apps, including Instagram Direct, videos, the Explore tab, and more.
Skype Douses Android and iOS Apps with Silliness
Skype's mobile app for Android and iOS devices now looks a lot more like Facebook Messenger, based on the preview released by Microsoft this week. In a blog post, Microsoft explained the new features are meant to make conversations more expressive and entertaining.