Microsoft updates Skype’s Windows 8 client
Software giant Microsoft Corporation has revealed that it would be retiring its longstanding Live Messenger platform and integrating the IM client into Skype during the first quarter of 2013.
The new version of Skype app that has been designed specifically for Windows 8 users will come equipped with features such as the ability to search people and groups and call Messenger contacts. Microsoft also claims that the new version of Skype will come with improved video call performance. Besides, the update will also bring fixes to general bugs, something that most updates normally do.
If you have just upgraded to Windows 8 operating system, you can grab the new version of Skype app from the Windows Store. However, if you are already using the Live Messenger, then you need to switch to Skype or face a more forceful nudge from Microsoft in the first quarter of 2013.
According to Microsoft’s last tally, the Live Messenger platform has more than 100 million monthly active users. The updated Skype app could further boost this number. After all, the software giant had paid more than US$ 8 billion for the product, and wants to get its money’s worth.