Skype is number one!
It turns out that Microsoft’s planned March 15th transition from Messenger to Skype is more of a soft target than a hard cutoff. Microsoft will switch off desktop Messenger that day only for a “test group,” the company tells ZDNet; if all goes smoothly, the transition will start in earnest within English-speaking countries on April 8th. Every desktop user should be off the boat by April 30th. Messenger will still work on mobile devices, as well as in multi-network clients like Adium or Trillian, but that’s not expected to last long — and it might get quite lonely. Most of us ultimately get a slight reprieve, but the writing is most definitely on the wall. Skype has recently become a favourite for the modern business user, with video calls becoming increasingly common and the capacity for conversational video streaming a must. Skype will integrate incredibly well with Microsoft’s already existing solutions.
We here at The 848 Group are already benefiting from the great features that Skype has to offer, and this transition will be a great move for us and Microsoft. The quality of Skype has greatly improved since Microsoft purchased it in May 2011. This move by Microsoft means that things can only get better- and we look forward to what else it has to offer.