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Microsoft

Submission + - Don't shoot the Windows Live Messenger, cry IM users (theregister.co.uk)

iComp writes: "Microsoft has confirmed it will shut Windows Live Messenger on 15 March — and has already started merging its users' contacts into the voice-chat service Skype. The software giant warned as early as November that changes were afoot to the service formerly known as MSN Messenger.

A new Skype app will become the default chat app for Windows Phone, set to rival iMessage on Apple iOS gear and BBM on RIM's BlackBerry smartphones. It should offer instant messaging, video chat and merged Skype, Windows Phone and Live Messenger contacts.

Unfortunately a glitch in the app's integration with the Windows Phone People Hub prevented the new application from synchronising with the mobile's phonebook of contacts. And the Skype forums are full of Messenger users unhappy with the transition to Skype: punters have complained that their contacts have gone missing or that they appear offline to their Messenger buddies after merging their accounts."

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