The short answer is no.
Microsoft Windows Live Messenger may continue to work for a while but the technology underlying the instant messaging protocol will go away at some point probably in the not-too-distant future.
I anticipate that once all of the customers are running the Skype application, the instant messaging will somehow be merged with the protocol that’s currently being used with Skype.
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I’m not exactly sure what it is you abhor about the Skype/Messenger merger. I’ve been recommending Skype over Windows Live Messenger for years.
I know that many people are unhappy with Skype for a variety of reasons, but I can tell you that if you are interested in instant messaging with other Windows Live Messenger contacts and Skype contacts, Skype is a perfectly fine program. In fact, it has a more reliable video chat feature than Windows Live Messenger. In my experience, Skype was more stable and actually less demanding than whatever protocol Microsoft was using.
Facing the inevitable
The short answer is I really don’t have a way for you to continue to use Windows Live Messenger beyond some indeterminate point in the future.
So in this case, your choices are fairly simple:
- Accept that Skype is what it is and it will probably improve over time as Microsoft reacts to customer complaints
- Use a different instant messaging service such as Yahoo, Google, or any of the other instant messaging programs.
I think the most important thing in determining which messaging program you eventually use is knowing where the people you want to talk to will be.