Microsoft, stop telling me that you're going to break Skype

Summary:Are you getting tired of seeing the "Please move to Skype" messages from Microsoft? Oy, it's enough to make me kvetch!

<kvetch>Here, in its near entirety (below), is the message that I've received from the "Messenger Team" several times lately. I don't recall ever signing up for a mailing list related to Messenger, but who remembers a single click out of a lifetime? I was never a regular Messenger user, but I must have used it at some point to keep receiving these very annoying messages. All this message tells me is that Microsoft is about to break Skype.

Hello,

As you may have heard, starting April 8th, 2013, we are bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together, including your IM and contact list. (April 8th is the first day that you may be required to upgrade to Skype).

We know saying goodbye can be hard, but don't worry. Not only will all your Messenger contacts appear in Skype when you upgrade and sign in, but you can also redeem a free welcome gift. Follow the instructions below to enjoy calls to landlines and mobiles around the world, group video calling, group screen sharing (and more) absolutely free for a month. We want to thank you for being a Messenger customer and even more, are excited to welcome you to Skype!"

I just want to say one thing to the "Messenger Team": Stop sending me these messages and switch already!

OK, I feel a little better now. Is it really this difficult to get people to stop using Messenger? And what, pray tell, are those awesome features from Messenger that they're going to add to Skype?

My guess is that Microsoft is about to royally screw up a good product (Skype) with Messenger's "great" features. I've been a Skype user for a few years now, and I don't want it broken with any of those "great" Messenger features. Messenger was a diaper load in my not so humble opinion. Now Lync, on the other hand, is a pretty darn nice product. Microsoft should add some of those features into Skype or combine the two into a single product. I'm not sure they need two products that do similar things.

But for my money, and I do pay money for it, Skype is a superior product with only one missing feature: Call recording. I had to also purchase Pamela Call Recorder for my Skype account because Skype doesn't come with one, and I need to record calls for interviews and podcasts.

So if the great additions to an already great product don't include call recording, please don't break Skype with them. I have coined my own "old" adage about such things: If it ain't broke, don't break it.

I think there needs to be a national or international "Don't email list" for those of us who don't want such messages. It only serves to upset me and causes me to wait with an impending sense of doom of what horrible fate awaits my Skype service. I bemoan the changes, a la Dr Smith*: "Oh the pain, the pain."

Seriously, move your lingering, anachronistic Messenger users to Skype, but a) Stop with the emails, and b) Don't break Skype by attempting to add some lame feature that no one cares about. </kvetch>

Do you use Skype? Are/were you a Messenger user? What great features would you miss from Messenger if Microsoft just stopped supporting it entirely? Talk back and let me know.

*Dr. Zachary Smith from Lost in Space. A classic kvetchmeister. My hero.

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Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.

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