Microsoft Dropping Facebook Messenger and Google Chat from Outlook.com

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In an email to Outlook.com customers, Microsoft has announced it will be dropping support for Facebook Messenger and Google Chat within the “next couple weeks.” Cutting off these options is likely an attempt to drive more Microsoft users to Skype when connecting with friends and family.

“We understand that this may disappoint some of our customers, but we hope that you’ll try Skype for Outlook.com chat, and voice and video calling, so you can take advantage of the more robust ways to keep in touch with friends and family,” the Outlook.com team wrote in the message. “We’re confident that Skype for Outlook.com provides the best experience for chatting and making voice or video calls, right from your inbox, when the conversation warrants richer communication than an email exchange.”

Microsoft said the update will not affect user connection to Facebook and Google accounts, meaning their “People” page will remain updated with their latest contact information.