Skype "is essentially a man-in-the-middle attack, and it is made all the easier because Microsoft -- who owns Skype and knows the keys used for the service's encryption -- is helping." http/www.globalpost.com/dispatch [...] llegations
Really wish they were keeping Messenger separate from Skype. As it is now you either "upgrade" your messenger to Skype or it stops working come March. They also have a couple problems with Outlook 2013 with it being unable to connect to mailboxes. They've got work to do in this area of the business.
live messenger was long overdue to get axed. Many people have moved away from messenger services in favor of social media like Facebook, twitter and VOIP's such as Skype which have pretty much killed messenger services. I used to have a lot of people signed in on my messenger but ever since the introduction of Facebook my live messenger looked like a ghost town, which is why i ended up removing my live messenger a couple years back from my pc. There was no point in having it if hardly anyone that i knew used it anymore. I like Skype i always had trouble with live messenger sending files since it as always cap out at 5kb upload and using the camera to talk to people via video was always skipping frames or the audio wasn't matching up with their mouth movements as if i was watching a native Japanese movie subtitled in English. Once i went to Skype all those problems went away. Plus if you like live messengers look all you have to do is switch it to the compact view and you have a separate window for your contact list and your chat much like how live messenger is. It's def worth a shot to check out if you don't already have Skype.