Skype Replaces Microsoft's Messenger Online Chat Service

Yesterday Microsoft announced that its Messenger online chat service will be replaced by the recently-acquired Skype.

Skype said in a post at its website,”Skype and Messenger are coming together. By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends.”

The transition began a few weeks ago with the release of Skype 6.0 software that lets people sign into the online communication service using Microsoft accounts. “We want to focus our efforts on making things simpler for our users, while continuously improving the overall experience,” Skype said.

Microsoft’s messenger service will “retire” in every country except China in the first quarter of next year.

Skype, which bypasses the standard telephone network by channelling voice and video calls over the web, allows users to make low-cost or free phone calls over the internet using their computers or smartphones.

Skype was acquired by Microsoft last year for $US8.5 billion ($A8.24 billion) in a move seen as aimed at boosting its presence in an online arena dominated by Google and Facebook.

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