Trimming Fat

Ars Technica: Microsoft to kill off the Messenger client and regroup under the Skype brand

Microsoft’s instant messaging and video chat are set for a major shake-up, with Microsoft announcing today that the Windows Live Messenger brand and client will be retired in the first quarter of 2013. They’ll be replaced by the Skype client and Skype name everywhere, except for China, which will retain the Messenger naming.

I like seeing Microsoft take steps to trim fat from the their product line.

Of course, this is Microsoft, so they’re as likely to botch this as they are to make it a success.