Earlier in November, Microsoft announced that they will be retiring MSN Messenger in the first quarter of 2013 (except in China), with service for the chat platform to continue in the form of Skype. Earlier today, the Skype app for iPhone and iPad was updated to version 4.2, bringing with it support for MSN Messenger. Now you can sign in and merge your existing Microsoft account and chat with your Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts. And if you’re new to Skype, the there’s a new option to create an account right from the app.
Other new features include:
- Tap and hold on instant messages to edit them.
- Choose an emoticon while typing an instant message.
- Animated emoticons for devices with a Retina display.
- Edit saved phone numbers right from the dial pad.
Just two weeks ago, Skype was optimized for the iPhone 5′s 16:9 display.
This is one of the apps I use most on my iPhone 5 (and Macs); I’ve subscribed to the Unlimited US & Canada plan for $2.99/month (I pre-pay for 12 months for a 15% discount) and this lets me call unlimited to both cellphones and landlines within North America. A great deal if you travel or need to make your fair share of long distance calls to the US/Canada. Of course, Skype-to-Skype calls are always free.
The 4.2 update is now available on the App Store and requires iOS 4.3 or later.