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November 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm #172078
Remember that MS bought skype in May of 2011
We’ve got good news to share! Skype and Messenger are coming together. Millions of Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype. By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends.
This effort started with the release of Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows a few weeks ago, which allows you to sign into Skype using a Microsoft account. Now Messenger users just need to update to the latest version of Skype, sign in using a Microsoft account, and their Messenger contacts will be there.
Our goal remains to deliver the best communications experience for everyone, everywhere. We want to focus our efforts on making things simpler for our users while continuously improving the overall experience. 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).
November 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm #172088
More Information from Ars Technica
Microsoft to kill off the Messenger client and regroup under the Skype brand
Messenger’s infrastructure isn’t going away, however.
Microsoft’s instant messaging and video chat are set for a major shake-up, with Microsoft announcing today that the Windows Live Messenger brand and client will be retired in the first quarter of 2013. They’ll be replaced by the Skype client and Skype name everywhere, except for China, which will retain the Messenger naming.
On the front end, the transition from Messenger to Skype is happening surprisingly quickly. The Skype client added support for Messenger contacts and chat just two weeks ago, when version 6 was released. Within six months, the Skype client will be the only option available for connecting to Messenger contacts.
November 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm #172086
November 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm #172084
I am curious how Skype will then interact with SharePoint like Messenger did/does? Our agency was in the process of upgrading to SharePoint 2010 and I really liked how messenger tied in with SharePoint for easier collaboration.
November 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm #172082
November 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm #172080
IMO Interesting Security Issue just “announced” Is it related to the additional “press” that SKYPE is getting from MS????
From Naked Security Blog:
Skype users warned of serious security problem – accounts can be hijacked with ease
SkypeA serious security problem has been uncovered in Skype, which allows hackers to hijack accounts just by knowing users’ email addresses.
The Next Web describes how it managed to reproduce the attack, accessing the Skype accounts of staff by just knowing their email address, and then changing the passwords of their “victims” to lock them out.
According to The Next Web:
“The reason this works is simple, but it’s still worrying. When you use an existing email address to sign up with Skype again, the service emails you a reminder of your username, which is okay, since no one else should have access to your email. Unfortunately, because this method enables you to get a password reset token sent to the Skype app itself, this allows a third party to redeem it and claim ownership of your original username and thus account.”
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