After acquiring Skype in October of 2011 for a cool $8.5 billion, Microsoft is ready to transition its existing Windows Live Messenger users into the Skype platform over the next two months, stopping Windows Live Messenger by the first quarter of 2013. Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype, making the transition itself relatively painless. Those unfamiliar with Skype will now have the ability to phone chat and video chat with their friends, and even make international calls or share their computer screen on a corporate level. From personal experience, using Business Level Skype has proved to be incredibly productive and has kept personnel connect from thousands of miles away with the click of a button, and mostly clear video/chat capability. This is a great move for Mircosoft and the new beta version for Windows 8 will be a surefire success. For more information visit Skype.