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How to disable Windows 8 Messenging

October 6, 2012 Leave a comment

I recently moved to Windows 8 RTM and in an effort to take full advantage of the Windows LIVE integration, I connected my domain user account to my Microsoft account.  Doing so automatically signed me into the native Messaging app, and I am not sold on full-screen instant messaging (I’m a strong Trillian supporter actually).  Unfortunately, I struggled to find a way to disable the Messaging app without uninstalling it.  At first, most people might think that uninstalling an application you don’t use is a reasonable solution, but uninstalling Messaging means uninstalling the Mail, Calendar, and People apps as well.  So, I put my thinking cap on and decided there just had to be a way to disable Messaging without uninstalling it.

As it turns out, there is.  And it’s super easy.  Simply open the Charms Bar and click through a few short menu options:

ImagePress CTRL+C, move your cursor to the upper or lower right corner of the screen, or swipe in from the right if you’re luck enough to have a touchscreen.  With the bar open, click Settings.

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Next, click Options.

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Move the slider to Off, then close the app.

It is worth noting that you will no longer see the number of unread messages on the lock screen, but if you prefer to use the classic Windows LIVE Messenger, Trillian, or some other IM client, this is probably a worthwhile tradeoff.

Get ’em while they’re hot! Microsoft unveils several ‘beta’s…

While many techies were distracted by other events at Mobile World Congress 2012, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, making it available for public consumption.  Okay, okay, you probably already knew that.  But did you know that Windows Server 8 “Beta” and Visual Studio 11 Beta (along with Team Foundation Server and Team Explorer Betas) are available for download as well?  I’d write more, but I’m too busy getting my hands dirty with these new Microsoft bits.

I’ve already installed Windows 8 in a VM, cleanly on a Lenovo ThinkPad W510, and did an upgrade install on a Lenovo ThinkPad T400S.  I’ve also installed Windows Server 8 Beta in a VM and Visual Studio 11 Beta once online and once offline.  Now it’s time to play!