Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced that in the weeks to come it will discontinue Google Talk integration from its Outlook.com in an email to customers. The decision to remove the platform comes in the wake of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) discontinuing the chat protocol that was used by Google Talk Platform. The new changes will also see the discontinuation of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) Chat although Microsoft has not given a reason for this omission.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on its defense reiterated that customers are starting to prefer using Skype for chatting as there was no impact on Google’s decision to shut down Google Talk and other associated APIs.

The move to discontinue the chat option offered by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook will not in any way affect the webmail services that keeps contacts up-to-date according to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The changes will also not have any impact on Google accounts that users have connected to their outlook account. Discontinuation of Google Talk support in Outlook comes as a surprise as it was highly requested leading to its inclusion in May of 2013.

The new changes means Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will push its outlook users to use Skype in Outlook as a chatting option in a move that looks similar to the retiring of Windows Live Messenger in 2012. Google and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) chat services are expected to disappear in the coming weeks as the giant software company seeks to popularize Skype.

It remains to be seen if Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will do a great job in enhancing the functionality of Skype on outlook especially on the notification aspect that people continue to raise issues with.

Discontinuation of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) chat comes in the wake of reports that Facebook may move to deprecate support for the XMPP support as early as April 30. The changes just like Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) are not expected to affect Outlook user’s Facebook accounts, and the contacts list is expected to stay updated with people.

5 COMMENTS

  1. How about some research for this article. Google is discontinuing the Google Chat API forcing Microsoft to remove it. It is believed that Facebook will be doing the same thing and that is why Microsoft removed that as well. Most articles reported this correctly. YOu seem to be sensationalizing the story to draw views. But would you expect from a web blogger.

  2. So, they’re “blocking” the use of Google Chat? If Google is discontinuing it, Microsoft has no choice. And if the rumors about Facebook are true as well, it’s again, something Microsoft has no choice in. I fail to see how this is a move to popularize Skype over the other two. That is a terribly misleading and biased headline.

  3. I don’t think you understand the situation. No one is forcing you to use Skype. You can still use Hangouts (why you would, on the other hand, is a different matter).

  4. This will be a disaster for Microsoft, just when it looked like they were beginning to get their mojo back after the mess that was Vista, Windows 7 and 8, now the SP3, 365, and the upcoming Windows 10 Windows is starting to look like a future play again. But restricting how customers communicate? I was planning to buy the SP4 when it comes out, so long as it has somewhere to store the pen, now I read they plan to force me to use Skype, when my family use Hangouts, my friends use Wasap; now I am hoping Google takes a swipe and brings out a competitor to SP4.

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