January 12, 2013

Microsoft to kill the Messenger on March 15

Microsoft announced last November it would soon retire its instant messaging client in favor Skype, which Microsoft acquired in October 2011. Today it began informing Messenger users that the service would go dark for the majority of users on March 15.

Skype officials said in late October that Skype would most likely replace Messenger someday but had declined to provide a public timetable. A blog post in November indicated the switchover would occur during the first quarter of 2013.

Skype began testing new Windows and Mac beta releases in October that let users sign in to Skype using their Windows Live ID, allowing them to send and receive instant messages and see the presence information of those using Live Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail or Outlook.com.

After migrating from Messenger to Skype, users will be able to use Skype's instant messaging, as well as its video calling, landline calling, screen sharing, and video calling on mobile phones.

[via CNET]

Ubuntu Phone OS welcome screen on Android

Ubuntu Live Wallpaper is a new Android live wallpaper designed to look like the Ubuntu Phone OS welcome screen:
Ubuntu Phone OS live wallpaper for Android
"If you can wait no more, we have small substitute for your Android phone! You can enjoy a live wallpaper that is similar to Ubuntu Phone ‘Welcome Screen’ from Canonical" says the Ubuntu Live Wallpaper description.

The wallpaper is available for both phones and tablets and features an animated background and system clock integration, but more features are expected in future releases, such as battery integration as well as performance improvements.

Get it via Google Play.

[via WebUpd8]