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    "Forget it and stick with Aim Messenger."

    February 16, 2013  |   By andreaborman


    May be all right for big laptops but does not work well on netbooks. I don't think it was ever made for netbooks.


    Not very user friendly and Skype charges for a lot of video calls which puts you off from the start.


    Well I have read that Microsoft are getting rid of Windows Live Messenger on 15th March 2013 and replacing it with Skype which they bought last year.

    They say we can merge our MSN or Windows Live account and sign into Skype with that,thanks but no thanks.

    Skype does not work on my netbooks,although it did seem to work better on Linux Mint than what it did on Windows.I stil did not like it and anyway I use Windows now all the time.And even if I didn't, I still would not upgrade to Skype.

    According to what I read we won't even be able to use our MSN or Windows Live account with aMSN or Emesene, the MSN messenger clones, because it will stop working with those after 15th March. And we won't be able to sign in Pidgin using our MSN account either after that date. Only Skype will work with MSN/Windows Live Messenger ID.

    As for me- well I avoided upgrading to Windows Live Messenger 2011 and 2012 version on my Windows 7,I have stayed with WLM 2009.Which will now no longer work after 15th. But still,I am not installing Skype,NO WAY.
    I will just use Aim Messenger the old version 7.5 which I have on my computer which is the most user friendly messenger, along with Google Talk. Just tell your Windows Live contacts to open an account with AOL Mail, then they can use Aim Mesenger.
    Problem solved.
    Andrea Borman.

    Updated on Feb 16, 2013

    What's the big deal about Skype anyway? It's overrated.
    Andrea Borman.

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