It is not without reason that Microsoft paid a hefty price of $8.5 billion to acquire Skype. Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger will be replaced by Skype. This simply means that millions of existing Messenger users can now access their Messenger pals through Skype. All they have to do is update Skype and they will be able to instantly message and video call Messenger pals. The first step in this process was the launch of Skype 6.0 that is meant for Mac and Windows. This will enable people to sign-in to Skype using their Microsoft account to find their Messenger friends.
Tony Bates, CEO of Skype said that there is no change in their goal that was to always provide everyone a great experience when it comes to communicating. The focus is to make things as simple as possible. He said that they expect Messenger to be phased out and replaced with Skype all over the world by the first quarter of 2013. However, Messenger will continue to be available all over China.
Skype for Better Windows Messaging Services
Once Skype is updated, Messenger users are in for some fantastic features that Skype is known to provide. Skype will be able to support all platforms including the iPad and other Android devices. In addition to instant messaging and video calling you can call landline and mobiles as well. You can call mobiles and landlines from your PC or laptop. You can also use Skype on your mobile phone to call any other mobile or a landline. Options to pay as you go or select a monthly subscription are available. In addition to these two options, you can use one of the latest generation TVs and call mobiles or landlines using Skype. The service is complete with a Caller ID feature that lets you know who is calling and lets the receiver know that it is you who is calling from Skype. In case you miss an important call, the voice mail feature comes in handy as it takes the message for you.
You can share your screen and a presentation can be viewed over a call. You can let your friends and family view select photos before deciding to send them over. You have options for one-to-one calls and group calling as well. Video calling on mobile phones is another important feature brought to you by Skype.
In addition to personal messaging, Microsoft has another product that enables business-messaging. The service that is called Lync that used to be supported by Windows Messenger. This is now to be integrated with Skype. Unified communications are now going to be accessible by millions of Messenger users through Skype. Communicating with your business partners, colleagues and associates is a lot easier. The combination of email, instant messaging, and calling is together referred to as unified communications. Microsoft has devoted servers to handle large traffic that it expects to be generated through unified communications. With technology and a large customer base, acquisition of Skype was probably one of the smartest moves of Microsoft. Now that the news is official, almost all Messenger users are expected to migrate to Skype and reap good rewards for referring their other Messenger friends to use the service too.
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