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This article was published on February 25, 2015

Microsoft discontinues Facebook, Google chat in Outlook.com

Microsoft discontinues Facebook, Google chat in Outlook.com
Owen Williams
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Owen Williams

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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Today, in an email to Outlook.com customers, Microsoft announced that it will be discontinuing support for Facebook Chat and Google Chat on the service.

The company blames the Google Chat removal on Google changing its chat protocol but doesn’t mention why it’s removing Facebook support.

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Going forward, the only chat service available in Outlook.com will now be Skype.

One of Outlook’s big drawcards was integrating all these separate chat services into one stream, so it’s disappointing Microsoft wasn’t able to keep it going.

 

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