Microsoft to Migrate Messenger Users to Skype April 8
Microsoft today provided an update regarding its plans to transition customers away from its Live Messenger product to Skype. Microsoft originally planned to shut down Windows Live Messenger, its online instant messaging service, beginning March 15. Now, it will transition just a small percentage of users to its Skype platform at that time, with the first significant waves to follow on April 8. Microsoft will transition English-speaking users first, with others to follow over the course of several weeks. Microsoft expects to transition all Windows Live Messenger users to Skype by April 30. Microsoft is currently offering Windows Phone 8 users a beta of its new Skype client, which already encompasses users' Windows Live contacts. The Windows Live IM app will continue to work on WP8 devices until April 30.
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 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.
Microsoft Brings Live Lock Screen App to Windows Phone
Microsoft today made available the Live Lock Screen application for Windows Phone 8.1. The Live Lock Screens were first announced as a WP8.1 feature back in April.
Skype for Android Earns Tighter Outlook and Office Integration
Microsoft today updated Skype for Android with new ways to work with Outlook and Office. The latest version of Microsoft's calling and messaging app allows users to schedule calls in Outlook from Skype easily by tapping the contact's name and using the scheduling tool to send an invite.