With the launch of Windows 8
, Microsoft has finally taken steps toward deep integration with Skype, a year after purchasing the VoIP service.
The Verge reports that Microsoft will soon retire Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype. According to the report, Microsoft has been in the process of migrating users over to the Messenger backend, which is linked up with Skype on Windows 8. Already 80% of IMs sent on Skype are being handled by Windows Live Messenger as Microsoft encourages users to sync account information with Skype.
According to the report, users of Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows are now presented with an option to login using either a Microsoft or a Facebook account. Microsoft has not yet commented on the changes, but it is expected that Windows Live Messenger will soon receive a formal retirement.
To download the latest Skype app
for Windows 8 or Windows RT, visit the Windows Store online here