The moment of truth for Messenger users is fast incoming. Microsoft will initiate the Windows Live Messenger shutdown next week, with the hope of seeing most users making the transition to Skype.
In fact, the humongous user base of Skype is one of the biggest reasons Redmond made the decision of retiring the classic Windows Live Messenger application. The software titan has on multiple times reiterated the fact that Skype’s integrated Messenger is the best alternative.
But while chatting on Skype has improved a lot in recent times, it is still a few leagues behind what Windows Live Messenger offers.
At least, according to several users who continue to blast Microsoft on its official Answers website! Take a look at some of the recent posts on the company’s community forums, with users saying that they do not agree with Microsoft:
“I’ve tried Skype as a messenger since the notice went out about ‘retiring’ Messenger. Skype is sad & pathetic. Unless Microsoft intends to do some MAJOR improvements to the IM part of Skype in the near future, I will not be using Skype.”
Sad and pathetic, yup, you read that right. Here’s another one:
“We tried to use Skype for a day and it was a nightmare. It kept crashing and causing the computers to freeze, and it was cumbersome to use anyway. We’re now looking for a new solution (Yahoo, Google Talk, etc.). At this time, I fully expect to have to abandon Microsoft’s products just like they’ve abandoned us!”
Microsoft forum moderators were quick to claim that Skype should be able to completely replace Windows Live Messenger, while offering plenty of extra tools:
“We understand your frustation [sic] over the takeover of Skype on Messenger. However, there are several features that are absent in Messenger but are available for Skype”.
Something tells me that the last day of Windows Live Messenger is going to be a cagey affair, with some regular users of the Instant Messenger platform find the transition hard.
Some may continue to live on with life with 3rd party solutions. Most will surely make the shift to Skype, but there may be others that will altogether move away to other competing chat platforms.