Microsoft To Discontinue Support For Google And Facebook Chat in Outlook Mail

Microsoft has announced that it will be discontinuing with Google and Facebook chat from its email service in the coming weeks. According to the Verge, in an email to customers, Microsoft says it's removing Google Talk integration "due to Google's decision to discontinue the chat protocol used by the Google Talk platform."

Facebook and Google services for also integrate with the people feature of the webmail service and keep contacts up-to-date, and Microsoft says this feature will be unaffected by the decision to discontinue the chat options.

Microsoft To Discontinue Support For Google And Facebook Chat

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A link to the Google decision points to a page noting that Google Hangouts replaces Google Talk and does not support XMPP. XMPP is the open-sourced Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, an IETF standard for instant messaging.

Microsoft's Google Talk support in was a highly requested feature shortly before the software maker introduced it in May 2013. Microsoft is now pushing customers to use Skype in, in a move that feels similar to the retirement of the Windows Live Messenger service back in late 2012. Both Google and Facebook services will disappear from in the coming weeks.

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