Received email from Microsoft just now confirming that on March 15th April 8th, Live Messenger will no longer function! Very frustrated as the following features still haven’t been integrated into Skype yet….
So, what’s happening after 15th March April 8th?
Messenger users on desktops** will not be able to sign in and will only be able to upgrade to Skype. If you attempt to sign in, a notification will appear, and if you continue, you will be taken through our installer flow to install Skype and automatically uninstall Messenger at the same time.
Message from Microsoft
Starting April 8th, we will begin upgrading customers from Messenger to Skype. The process will take a few weeks to complete. April 8th is the first day you may be required to upgrade. This is a bit later than the March 15th date we previously mentioned to some of you as we wanted to give you more time to make the transition.
To keep chatting with your Messenger contacts, simply upgrade to the latest version of Skype using the instructions below and sign in using a Microsoft account (this is the same ID you use to sign into Messenger). Once signed in, your contacts will already be there. You’ll be able to instant message and make video calls with them just like before, and start discovering new ways of staying in touch, including Skype on your mobile or tablet.
#1 – Audio Subpar
The Skype client on Windows 8 doesn’t block background noise in relation to speaker direction (which Microsoft Live Messenger always has – see our detailed post on the sound issue: http://theitbros.com/skype-background-noise-verses-windows-live-messenger/ ) Doesn’t anyone else here besides my brother and I chat on webcam while blaring music through speakers, or watching a movie while chatting?
#2 – Skype Client doesn’t have copy/paste of images or media!
I use this so often it isn’t even funny. Currently with Skype you have to send a file, download it. Same with Youtube videos. Messenger you can paste a Youtube URL and the other person receives the Youtube player right in messenger.
#3 – Skype needs to be integrated into the messaging hub
** Update ** There have been improvements now with Skype in the messaging hub.
Sorry if this sounds like a rant, but my brother and I are very frustrated… at least let Messenger run until these basic fundamental features have been added. This is just like Microsoft pretty much ditching CRM 4.0 with IE10 support leaving hundreds of businesses in the dust and very frustrated since they can’t upgrade to Windows 8. (http://theitbros.com/ie10-doesnt-work-with-microsoft-dynamics-crm-4-0/)