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Imo messenger has announced plans to drop support for third-party services, such as Facebook and Google Hangouts, on March 3 as it redirects resources to its own platform.
Users will have until March 7 to export their chat history from third-party networks.
While Imo’s original mission was to offer an in-browser service that connected to all major IM services, the company has decided that building its own communication service will “make the biggest impact.”
Imo recently ramped up its video chat capabilities by adding WebRTC support to its service. The integration allows Web-based users to make cross-platform video calls without having to download a plugin.
Ralph Harik, CEO of Imo, provided the following statement to The Next Web:
Our goal in 2014 is to create the fastest and most reliable messaging, voice and video call service for users worldwide, and by focusing our expertise and time on these goals we hope to continue offering the best service possible to our users. In order to deliver on that promise, we’re continuing to focus on innovation, as evidenced by recently becoming the first consumer messaging app to incorporate WebRTC. We believe these changes will let us do what we do best: help people easily connect to the people they care about, wherever they are in the world.
➤ Discontinuing support for all third-party messaging networks [imo.im]
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