Neoseeker : News : Microsoft reportedly dropping Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype
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The Slayer Jan 11, 13
MSN messenger was awesome several years ago, then they just kept adding more and more crap to it. Like literally, crap. It was being so bloated and full of junk it was starting to get hard and annoying to use. It was almost to the point where the chatting part was just a secondary use of the program.

I got the email about the merge yesterday and decided to go ahead and merge my msn and skype accounts. The email said it would be quick and easy, it was anything but.

I've had my MSN messenger account for about 6 or 7 years. I've added and removed a lot of contacts in that period. When I merged them and signed into skype, it added back about 20 contacts I had removed. I spent some time and went through it and cleaned it all out. Then signed in on another computer AND THEY WERE ALL ADDED BACK.

I also can not block any MSN contacts. I'm also getting random notifications of new conversations. Conversations that I had the day before.

I'm also having a lot more random problems and issues. For as long as skype and MSN have been out, you would think they could have a good working chat program.
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Arietta Jan 11, 13
The merge function has caused nothing but problems to most.

*cough* The Slayer *cough*

I will miss MSN though. I have been using it since I was 12. That's a whooping 9 years now. And I'm going to use it until March 15.
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BSB Jan 11, 13
do a google search for “skype msn merge”
Amazing that you can find real info from all the issues that are currently facing those who made the merge/mess

It does not tell you when you install skype that it is going to cripple other live services and KILL the original messenger.

nor does it tell you you wont have groups eg. family friends, co workers or whatever you set up in msn live.

even if you dont mind the merge you may not get ALL you contacts back or they may show incorrectly online / offline

Skype also says now that you should NOT use it over Wi-Fi which I have done in the past with no issues and which works even better with MSN

Microsoft bought skype and ruined it and are now forcing it (warts an all) on us all.

Lucky for me there are plenty of replacements that I cna use other than skype inc Magic jack for both Iphone and android and many other IM replacements.
Microsoft dropped the ball here and I am holding onto what I have for the moment after removing skype from my systems.
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Aurora Dec 17, 12
Good move. Hasn't WLM been in decline for a while now?
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Freeze Nov 7, 12
Yesterday Microsoft officially announced that they're integrating MSN's chat function within Skype via the Skype blog.
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Pedigree Nov 6, 12
Chekkaa, oh lol. I just realized that.

Heh.
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Chekkaa Nov 6, 12
Pedigree Microsoft owns Skype.
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Pedigree Nov 6, 12
I think this is a nice move. It goes to show that Microsoft is finally allowing third party companies into their fold.

Here's hoping Microsoft is going to drop internet explorer in favor of Firefox.
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deeplove Nov 6, 12
I'm in favor for Skype. It's decent. I've never had any issues with the thing. I only used that Messenger once and never again. Didn't care for it. Not only that, I'd rather text on my phone. So yeah. Go Skype.
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Rabla Nov 6, 12
MSN was just becoming more of a faulty broken mess with each update, glad to see they're finally sticking a knife in its face.
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Chekkaa Nov 5, 12
I already switched a couple years ago. No problem here.
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Gligar Nov 5, 12
If they take msn away then I'll probably miss the good times when me and my friends used to have convos back in the days
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Charlie Nov 5, 12
Aw damn, I understand going follow with new things and all but I don't think some people I talk to will get Skype. Skype is okay without a mic and stuff, but eh.

Skype is better for group chats anyways, because you're still in the group even if you sign off. You can favorite or/put it in your contacts list and yeah, if it's active it would pop right up anyways. But yeah if you're in a group of people you wouldn't want to private message them unless it IS something private anyways, and the one on one chat is meh.

But yeah MSN is definitely better for one on one convos and those fun group convos too sometimes. I don't know it has it's perks too, and I've had a lot of good times on MSN. I remember when I thought AIM was better than MSN when people told me to get it in like 2006, then I got it and I was like "lol I'm *bleep*ing stupid, this is way better". Well I hope Skype gets updated where you can use custom smileys and stuff, because MSN also has that over Skype too, and you don't have to pay for any bullshit either. There may be a premium WIndows Live thing, but nobody would care to get that.

Sakuraba Neku told me you can sign in with your MSN account, but it's still not the same. I already have a Skype account with like 20+ contacts on it anyways too. But I'd use both if I'd had to, or switch people over to my MSN one. I hope they alert us about it when we sign onto MSN one day. So if people want to download Skype they can. I know someone who is always on MSN but not Skype, so I guess that will change. R.I.P. MSN.

Edit: He also just told me you can merge your MSN account with your Skype account and have contacts from both, woooooo!
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Sakuraba Neku Nov 5, 12
Shit.
Alternatively, *bleep*.
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