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The Verge reports that Microsoft will be laying its Windows Live Messenger service to rest in favour of Skype. This process will take effect in the coming months and will see Microsoft utilise Skype as its primary messaging service.
This development follows the heavy integration of Skype into Windows 8 and Microsoft’s sizable investment in optimising the service after purchasing the company in May 2011.
Microsoft’s likely reason for siding with Skype lies in the app’s massive user following: at the time of purchase Skype boasted an impressive 170-million connected users, a figure that has grown significantly then.
The new Skype for Windows app has a designated Live Tile and a built-in notification feature to provide users with up to date and constant updates from contacts. Skype can be fitted alongside other apps, allowing users to easily share information with contacts. Skype has also been integrated with Windows 8’s newly designed People app which is described as a “cloud-connected address book”.
We are still awaiting an official press release, but sources at The Verge say a statement should be made later this week. Update to follow.