Microsoft to turn off Windows Messenger on 15 March

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Re: Microsoft to turn off Windows Messenger on 15 March
« Reply #3, on January 13th, 2013, 05:37 AM »
Did you check out that fun part of the Custom Profile Fields? Aside from the fact I moved it, I gutted the original fixed fields in SMF and made them all into templates in the CPF, meaning that you can add whichever ones you want, easily, with sane presets on everything.

Removing the MSN entry is basically removing a few lines of code and the image, adding the Skype one is marginally more effort since I need to know what the format should be for Skype items (is it just an email address?)

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Re: Microsoft to turn off Windows Messenger on 15 March
« Reply #4, on January 13th, 2013, 05:46 AM »
Quote from Arantor on January 13th, 2013, 05:37 AM
Did you check out that fun part of the Custom Profile Fields? Aside from the fact I moved it, I gutted the original fixed fields in SMF and made them all into templates in the CPF, meaning that you can add whichever ones you want, easily, with sane presets on everything.

Removing the MSN entry is basically removing a few lines of code and the image, adding the Skype one is marginally more effort since I need to know what the format should be for Skype items (is it just an email address?)
Skype basically has usernames. It is possible to look up users using email addresses and so on, but people create their own unique Skype username when registering.

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Re: Microsoft to turn off Windows Messenger on 15 March
« Reply #6, on January 13th, 2013, 06:06 AM »
Quote from Arantor on January 13th, 2013, 05:52 AM
So what's the allowed format for that username? If I can find that out, plus a place where it should link to, I can add Skype and drop MSN with minimal effort.
Let's see...
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Your Skype Name is your unique username for Skype. It must be between 6-32 characters, start with a letter and contain only letters and numbers (no spaces or special characters).
Though it says no special characters, periods and commas seem to be acceptable.

I can't seem to find a place specifically for the user (such as a profile) to link to.

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Re: Microsoft to turn off Windows Messenger on 15 March
« Reply #7, on January 13th, 2013, 06:07 AM »
Also, just thought about this... what if people use it to indicate their email in case people want to contact them? Would that not necessarily be a valid reason to leave it?

Just instead direct it to point to a mailto link?

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Re: Microsoft to turn off Windows Messenger on 15 March
« Reply #8, on January 13th, 2013, 06:16 AM »
Quote from Arantor on January 13th, 2013, 06:07 AM
Also, just thought about this... what if people use it to indicate their email in case people want to contact them? Would that not necessarily be a valid reason to leave it?

Just instead direct it to point to a mailto link?
Isn't there already an email option for users which is a mailto link? Seems like Skype has some kind of buttons option though...
http://www.skype.com/intl/en/tell-a-friend/get-a-skype-button/

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Re: Microsoft to turn off Windows Messenger on 15 March
« Reply #9, on January 13th, 2013, 06:21 AM »
Well, there is, but it doesn't show their email address as such.

It's a tough one to call, but it's late here and I think I'm going to sleep on this before trying to figure out exactly what to do with it.

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Re: Microsoft to turn off Windows Messenger on 15 March
« Reply #10, on January 13th, 2013, 01:05 PM »
Note that these days Skype allows you to sign in with a Microsoft account as well. I can't shake the feeling Skype usernames are going to be deprecated at some point.
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Re: Microsoft to turn off Windows Messenger on 15 March
« Reply #12, on January 13th, 2013, 03:04 PM »Last edited on January 13th, 2013, 07:28 PM by Bloc
Mmm...correction: "myskype.info" is an external site to skype.com, so I am using "skype:{profilename}?userinfo", that will open fin in Skype if you are logged in.

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