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#16 OP +Frank B.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 15:50

The death of WLM is hardly a surprise to me. Microsoft have no reason to keep two IM products alive. Not that I've used WLM at all lately anyway; I have two Skype accounts - one for work, one personal. All other IM accounts I used to have were retired, save for FB chat (which is also integrated into Skype, negating the need for another client).


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 15:52

Ah, my favourite, the "I don't personally use it, so there's no need for it to exist" mentality.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 15:52

when i was in high school and university i used to use Windows Messager all the time however, i can say i have not used it in roughly 2 years now. I generally either use Facebook chat (Via Digsby) or Google Talk (Also via Digsby)

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 16:03

Was bound to happen with MS integrating Skype into its new ecosystem. I did however prefer WLM.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 16:17

Bleh... I don't use Skype, and I can't use it from work, unlike WLM... All my family etc use WLM... :( This seems like a silly decision to me, considering WLM is the far more mature IM than Skype...

Oh well, guess I'll see if I can switch them over to Google Talk instead. Nurtz.

There's rather a lot of apps that are built off of WLM, like eBuddy. I bet they're not best pleased with this decision!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 16:18

Ah, my favourite, the "I don't personally use it, so there's no need for it to exist" mentality.

There are enough technical reason for killing WLM too. Skype has been moved over to the Messenger backend for one. This means they'd have two products with identical tech and feature set. So why not kill the worse of the two?

Ah, my favourite, the "I don't personally use it, so there's no need for it to exist" mentality.

There are enough technical reason for killing WLM too. Skype has been moved over to the Messenger backend for one. This means they'd have two products with identical tech and feature set. So why not kill the worse of the two?

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 16:20

I don't think it's a bad move and hey, I love WLM. But really, it's just pointless for them to have two clients and Skype is ok for messages and waay better for both audio and video calls. That plus the whole brand thing.

For the guy talking about separating your business and personal contacts, well, you don't have to merge the accounts, I'm sure. You can keep your old Skype account and just make a new one with your WLM address (I mean... Microsoft account :p). It will have all your contacts there already.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:17

Seems like the logical procession of things.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:23

Ugh, rather they kept both services separate :hmmm:

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:27

This in part a good move. I never liked WLM 2011/2 at all. I don't mind Skype, so i'll look to see if I can convert over and start using this.
Getting sick of having so many different messengers lol!

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:34

Can you use skype for just texting each other or do you have to do video/audio?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:36

2006 called, it wants its messenger back. :p

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:07

what happens when I already got a hotmail and a skype account? can I merge contacts? or they just refer to the client?


Live/Passport IDs have already merged (with each other) - the merge with Skype's ID system is ongoing via Skype 6.

Skype 6 also supports Facebook chat (with or without video).

Can you use skype for just texting each other or do you have to do video/audio?


Skype has always supported text-only chat, for the simple reason that not everyone is in a video (or even audio)-allowed zone. The one new chat feature with Skype 6 is support for Facebook chat. (Windows)

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:09

Hmm purely theoretical I don't mind that move but I do hope that they implant all text-based features of WLM into Skype as I always found Skype's text-chat very lacking and barebone :pinch:

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:16

I don't need Skype , but i have an account ... also i can't use Skype at work , but WLM i can ... i think it was a bad move to retire WLM


haha it's the opposite for me i can use skype at job but not wlm.