Mark Zuckerberg makes a major play in the mobile messaging arena
One thing is certain, Facebook isn't the least bit afraid to throw obscene amounts of cash at startups and services that have proven themselves in the public eye. It's a rather long list that includes Instagram ($1 billion), FriendFeed ($47.5 million), ConnectU ($31 million), and several others, though Facebook just announced its largest acquisition to date -- $19 billion for WhatsApp.
Microsoft Messenger users are advised to begin migrating to Skype.
Microsoft to Messenger users: Turn off the lights, the party's over. Well, it soon will be, anyway. Microsoft has begun emailing the more than 100 million Messenger users in the wild to inform them that it's pulling the plug on its instant messaging service on March 15, 2013. At that time, they'll be forced to upgrade to Skype, provided they want to keep all their contacts intact.
It was rumored that Microsoft planned on retiring its Windows Live Messenger service in favor of Skype, and rather than keep users guessing, the Redmond software maker has now confirmed that's indeed the case. Skype's Tony Bates made the official announcement in a blog post, adding that Messenger users can port their contacts over to Skype by updating to the latest version of the VoIP software.
Microsoft on Monday confirmed that a wily bug in Skype could, in some instances, cause instant messages (IMs) to be delivered to a different IM client than the one intended. It only occurs when Skype crashes during an IM session, which Microsoft said could result in the last IM entered or sent ending up finding its way to a random contact. Today Microsoft started rolling out a hotfix.
Internet Chat is still one of the top methods of instantaneous communication between multiple parties. Chat junkies who have been using mobile devices for a while will be familiar with IM+ by Shape Services. IM+ has been one of the leaders in mobile chat software for a very long time, and is this week's Windows Phone 7 App of the Week.
Ding! Ding! Ding ding ding! We’ve come a long way since the early days of America Online, a time when instant messaging was but a one-ISP fad and that unnatural blast of noise from your sound card (if you were lucky enough to have one) was the run-to-the-living-room signal that a new message awaited.
Now that we’re all chained to our various instant messaging networks, what’s the best way to access them? Well, how's about a deathmatch? We've thrown four of the top instant messaging clients into a no-holds-barred battle for supremacy: To the victor belong the spoils, or a happy home on your desktop and laptop PC forevermore.
The Digsby team has put out a new version of its multiprotocol instant messaging and social networking app, noting a handful of "major improvements." These include:
New Email/Social Network Panels
New Auto-Update System
According to Digsby's developers, the latest release features a makeover to the email and social network panels on the buddy list, making it easier than ever to manage accounts.
The other big change involves the auto-update system, which Digsby likens to Google Chrome. Prior to this release, updates were annoyingly downloaded before logging in, so if you wanted to sign-in real quick to send an important IM before heading out the door, you would often have to sit back and wait. With the latest release, Digsby is much more courteous and downloads updates after logging in, which are then applied at the next restart.
Windows Live Essentials 2011, now available in a public beta, is the local client component of Microsoft Windows Live, a collection of programs and web services. WLE 2011’s components include photo editing and organization (WL Photo Gallery), video editing (WL Movie Maker), email and calendar (WL Mail), instant messaging and social media (WL Messenger), blogging (WL Writer), cross-platform file synchronization and Windows remote access (WL Sync), and web and IM filtering (WL Family Safety). Before the public beta was released in late June, Windows Live Essentials 2011 was known as Windows Live Essentials Wave 4. In this article, you’ll learn what new and improved features the latest WLE wave brings with it.
While giving a speech on cloud computing at the University of Sau Paulo in Brazil on Wednesday, Steve Ballmer used the opportunity show off Microsoft's newest version of Windows Live Messenger.
"The new Messenger will provide a great way to have more meaningful conversations with the people you care about most while bringing together your social networks and sharing updates, cutting through the clutter, and staying up to date with your favorite friends,' Microsoft said in a statement.
Microsoft is making an effort to modernize its instant messaging program, and when it ships, it will come with a handful of new features, such as tabbed conversations, HD quality video chats, the ability to share websites and search results, and will be able to pull in updates from other social networking sites, like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and LinkedIn.
Part of the focus on social networking will include being able to send Facebook messages to other users from within the IM client, the ability to update your status, and prioritize favorite Facebook friends to be sure you see their updates before everyone else's.
Microsoft plans to release a beta version in the coming months, with a final version slated for later this year.
Comscore has released its March U.S. search engine market share numbers, and the results might surprise you. While the vast majority of the Internet still turns to Google for search (65.1%), Bing has posted an aggressive share gain hitting a record 11.7%. What's even more interesting is that it turns out most of the hit came from ex-googler's as Yahoo's fortunes also nudged up ever so slightly to 16.9%.
Microsoft's growth in the search engine market has been slow and steady since the Bing rebranding, but its refreshing to see their might actually be some competition left in the search market. Its hard to imagine that this trend could continue indefinitely, but as we all know healthy competition is great news no matter which way you look at it. For those keeping score this is also the tenth straight month of share gains for Bing.