Microsoft Drops Facebook Messenger, Google Talk


The email read:

Dear Customer,

Within the next couple of weeks, we will be discontinuing support for Facebook Chat in And due to Google’s decision to discontinue the chat protocol used by the Google Talk platform, we can no longer provide Google Chat in We understand that this may disappoint some of our customers, but we hope that you’ll try Skype for chat, and video and voice calling, so you can take advantage of the more robust ways to keep in touch with friends and family.

This update will not affect the connection to your Facebook and/or Google accounts, which means your People page will stay updated with the latest contact information from the services you’ve connected.

We’re confident that Skype for provides the best experience for chatting and making voice or video calls, right from your inbox, when the conversation warrants richer communication than an email exchange.

A Microsoft spokesperson provided the following statement to ZDNet:

Most customers already prefer to use Skype when they are chatting, and we see this as a great option for anyone impacted by Google’s decision to shut down Google Talk and associated APIs (application-programming interfaces), or the recent deprecation of Facebook Chat for

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