Skype had previously announced that it would be taking over Windows Live Messenger as the default messaging service for Windows on March 15th, 2013. In a new blog post from the company, the date has been pushed back to April 8th, 2013. The update will be staggered over the entire month of April. Users will be given a notification about installing Skype and uninstalling Messenger. Windows Live Messenger users in China can continue using the messaging client without any interruption.
Skype has been iterating quickly recently, no doubt to add features that Windows Live Messenger users will be missing. Just this Wednesday, Skype was updated for Windows and Mac to add an easier to use toolbar and eGifting. While Skype is a great video chat application, it has a lot of work to make it a great instant messaging client as well.
Facebook, Whatsapp, Viber, and mobile chat applications are gaining market share and Skype has taken notice. Skype updated its OS X, Android, and iOS clients to support video voicemail. There’s no word on when Windows or Windows Phone will receive this feature. Users will now be able to send their contacts videos up to 3 minutes in length. Free users are given 20 free video messages to begin with, but premium subscribers will have unlimited video messages. You can also download the videos you’ve received as MP4s.