Microsoft offers some answers to Live Messenger-Skype transfer questions

Microsoft has been sending out messages to its many desktop Live Messenger users informing them that, starting on Monday, April 8th, the company will begin the process of moving their accounts to Microsoft's Skype service. Microsoft will start with its English users and the process will end April 30th with Brazilian Portuguese.

With just one week to go before the account transfers begin, the remaining users of Live Messenger have had a few specific questions about the process of moving over to Skype. ZDNet.com reports that Microsoft has answered some of those questions. One of those issues concerns Live Messenger users who are under 18 years old. Apparently, users must be 18 years old or older to complete the Live Messenger-Skype transfer process.

In its answer, Microsoft states:

We are pleased to tell you that children with a valid Microsoft account can now use Skype by logging in with their Microsoft account. The process will follow the parental controls you have already established for the child’s Microsoft account. This means children (with the appropriate parental consent for their country) can now choose to use Skype by signing in with a Microsoft Account (MSA). In the US or Korea, parental consent (per standard MSA flow, meaning if it already is authorized, it already works) is required.

Some users have also wondered if Skype will have the same type of Remote Assistance feature that Live Messenger currently has as part of its software. Microsoft indicates that while Skype doesn't replicate the Remote Assistance feature in Live Messenger, Skype users can still  "share screens and walk through assistance via voice or text."

Finally, MSN Premium customers who have had Live Messenger support inside the browser that comes from the service have wondered if Skype will also be supported. Microsoft's answer is that the Windows desktop client for Live Messenger will be updated to Skype like everyone else starting on April 8th. It added, "We will have more information regarding Messenger experiences on other platforms at a later time."

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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Can't share images with copy/paste without having to download...
Sound can be heard from all internal sources... Messenger, you can play a movie/music and it knows not to loop sound back while on webcam. Skype, everyone hears everything.
I'm happy for the merge... but losing these features is sad.

My thoughts are on how will this affect Windows Phone messenger? Will the (Live) Messenger cease to work, as in only able to send messages by sms and Facebook?

Facebook is connected using Live services. You will still be able to contact your Windows Live contacts as before. I integrated my account when they first rolled out Microsoft Account sign-in for Skype. Everything works as it did before.

No media sharing (file sharing doesn't count), UI is horrid, and Skype WP 7.x app doesn't even push messages. What I'd really like to know is what happens to WP 7.x users and their messaging app.

Even the Skype WP8 app is beta, and push notifications don't work well there. I'm not sure what you'll see with the Skype WP7 app, but by the time the app is final, you should be eligible for an upgrade to a WP8 device. Not sure why anyone would want to stick with a WP7 device after that point. WP7 lacks the APIs necessary for a proper Skype client. I'm sure that you'll be able to chat with people from Skype over the integrated Messenger experience as soon as the migration is complete, however.

The merger is absolutely terrible. No thought what so ever. I can't seem to block/unblock certain contacts. The layout is horrid. I'd rather pay to have the ability to continue using a sleek and minimalist messenger like WLM (Obviously tweaked a little) than use a bloated product ruined by MS. I'm not an MS hater at all, by the way - I love most of their products (bar the Charming WinME!) but this one just doesn't do it for me. They've not used their heads with this one.

Totally agree, they just purchased Skype and changed it up a little bit. It doesn't feel like a Microsoft product at all nor does it properly integrate with their ecosystem. I have no idea why they are rushing people to switch over already. I'd rather they rebuild Skype with the best of both worlds while ensuring proper integration it Microsoft account and connected services and THEN merge everyone over.

Just move to Yahoo Messenger! Best messenger ever. And use Ad Destroy (similar to A-Patch) to remove ads from it. Micros~ can go and re-imagine Skype a million times and again force us to some other half-baked feature lacking crap.

I created a Skype account for my mom and merged it with a new Live account.
I'm not able get it to work. It just doesn't want to work. It refuses to accept the Microsoft-account.
I've waited weeks and tried again, and it still doesn't work.
I've changed password twice on both accounts, I've tried to use the same password on both accounts and logging onto the accounts on the web works just fine. I've upgraded Skype and I've tried to use good old Messenger, but nothing works at all.

Skype still gives you an account name which I don't like. Basically you can sign in with a Microsoft account but they still create a yourname_1234 Skype account that can't be changed and you can't delete a Skype account either. Microsoft rushed this and Skype isn't even that good outside of video calling.

Works for me.
I guess if you're into animated emoticons and winks, then sure, Skype is lacking, but other than that it does every other function better than WLM did.
I was a long time fan and user of WLM, but have been using Skype for over half a year now and definitely don't miss WLM at all.

LUTZIFER said,
Works for me.
I guess if you're into animated emoticons and winks, then sure, Skype is lacking, but other than that it does every other function better than WLM did.
I was a long time fan and user of WLM, but have been using Skype for over half a year now and definitely don't miss WLM at all.

It's not just that. It uses waaaay more RAM than WLM and the UI needs some fixing here and there.

LUTZIFER said,
Works for me.
I guess if you're into animated emoticons and winks, then sure, Skype is lacking, but other than that it does every other function better than WLM did.
I was a long time fan and user of WLM, but have been using Skype for over half a year now and definitely don't miss WLM at all.

I'm not sure how you say it does everything better than WLM. Skype does not have contact linking or integration with Microsoft account connected services (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) which ruins the experience since all other Microsoft services (Windows Phone, Xbox, Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Office 365, etc. use these). It's also missing instant picture/video sharing, remote assistance as the article stated and cleaner emoticons (again inconsistent with the rest of Microsoft services). This definitely was a rushed project as it doesn't feel like a Microsoft product at all as it's not properly integrated into Microsoft's ecosystem and branding. It needs a rehaul and quick in order for people to truly switch over.

Crashes frequently on ipod. Contacts added on skype do not appear on MSN, and get this, some contacts on MSN that I can still see online are no-where to be found on skype. The merger is nothing short of a joke. And I've no idea what the hell the name is about, 'live:<first part of email>', is that my skype name or what? If so, it's ****ing awful.

That's a completly fail on MS products and web Service, in my opinion. Join a few MS Blogs, Forum, install a few MS apps, tell me how many names and Name@XYZ you have, and partially must have? And to make it more worse, if you trust a contact Bob@xyz.com what about the spam from Bob@xyz.de ?

Konstantine said,

It's not just that. It uses waaaay more RAM than WLM and the UI needs some fixing here and there.


Yeah definitely does use a fair amount of RAM.

"but other than that it does every other function better than WLM did."

I may be just be not finding the option to do so, but I am finding the sharing stuff is certainly worse than WLM.

F_C said,
"but other than that it does every other function better than WLM did."

I may be just be not finding the option to do so, but I am finding the sharing stuff is certainly worse than WLM.


I dislike the Skype client so much. Especially thanks to goodies like msgplus (used to be).

Skype has allot of wasted space, the contact list is horrible. Its nice and neat in WLM, I didn't care for its social mumbo jumbo. But the contact list and chat windows where dozens of times better then Skype, don't like having to use half a screen to properly watch a chat with multiple people.

Raa said,
Skype uses more ram than WLM? Oh noes, what ever shall we do with our 32GB of ram?!!?!111oneone.

I only have 640k of conventional memory.