Microsoft has announced that it will be discontinuing with Google and Facebook chat from its Outlook.com email service in the coming weeks. According to the Verge, in an email to Outlook.com 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 Outlook.com 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.
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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 Outlook.com was a highly requested feature shortly before the software maker introduced it in May 2013. Microsoft is now pushing customers to use Skype in Outlook.com, 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 Outlook.com in the coming weeks.