[citation][nom]cozalp[/nom]We will not mess with Skype they said. It will remain independent they said.[/citation]My God they tweaked the UI and made it a little nicer! They added support for Messenger contacts! We should burn something down!
[citation][nom]LordConrad[/nom]I don't really care, as long as they don't force me to use or sign in to Messenger.[/citation]
This. It's a good addition to those who want it, as long as nobody is forced in to it. I actually might like it, but it is not a thing I'd care to betatest.
When Messenger becomes useful, I might get excited. The difference between web client and standalone client is... "noticeable" (web client lacking).
MS simply has spent the last 5 or 6 years trying to "tie it all together". They've jumped around from "Live" to "Outlook" to "Bing", "Zune", etc... it's all "Microsoft", but it just seems like the gov't forcing them to "split up" just sent MS into a circus act trying to coordinate them all.
The problem with Messenger is, everyone thinks Facebook is cool and thinks that Microsoft is not cool. So, even though every user on the planet was forced to spend hours setting up, tweaking, re-configuring, managing, etc. their Facebook accounts- they did it because it was "cool". Users will turn their noses up to Messenger every time because they don't want to configure something that's "not cool".
Windows 8 establishes a different foundation of personal computing... based on the cloud... at least moreso than other OSes. And this is what everyone is moving to. The cloud is "cool", so Facebook masses will think "cool".
have been using messenger for a long time now. but changing to skype has been one hell of an experience. the merging does not work well, contact lists are lost, hotmail and skype accounts merging only works once but the contact list dont sync, after which you cant get access to hotmail anymore.. the problem is endless.. and the most beautiful part.. to locate how to get help is so darn difficult. conclusion: not user friendly, and virtually no end user support