Microsoft is helping users transition with a set of online tutorials.
Still, Microsoft is pushing ahead and this marks the first major change to the Skype and Microsoft relationship since the .5 billion acquisition.
If this first sign of integration helps move Microsoft towards Skype in every product to compete against services like Whats App, i Message, Google Talk, and others then it will benefit all who rely on Microsoft's ecosystem of software and services in the long run.
I installed the beta version earlier this week, but just today Microsoft has made the final version available to the general public : Windows Live Essentials 2011 is available.
The switch over to Skype does present a few issues for Windows 8 and Windows Phone users though.
Windows 8 uses a Messenger Windows Store client that triggers notifications for Messenger messages.
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