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Skype being bought by M$
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http://blogs.skype.com/en/2011/05/mic ... t_will_acquire_skype.html
http://www.itworld.com/open-source/16 ... on-may-impact-linux-users
I'm jumping off that sinking ship. What alternatives are the other Skype users here going with?

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Tbh Microsoft is not the worst thing that could happen to Skype.

Posted on: 2011/5/10 16:46
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Skype...that bietch...never liked it, never will. But since everyone I know from FL + - is using it, I am forced to do so too...

And other alternatives? Well I use Trillian - ICQ and MSN in one prog and I like it.

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Tbh Microsoft is not the worst thing that could happen to Skype.
I'm glad Microsoft got it instead of Facebook. I guess it could've been worse with FB or Sony/Apple. Still, Microsoft is not going to be good for it.

Posted on: 2011/5/10 17:16
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I agree, Skype got off easy by Microsoft buying them out. Imagine Apple or Facebook buying it. *shudder*

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I would rather have them independent or bought by Google, but yes, it's better than Apple or, dear god, Facebook. Chances are multiplatform support will get a little sketchy.

Posted on: 2011/5/10 18:42
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I should probably remind everyone how horribly bloated Skype five is, and the fact that they were 700 million dollars in debt.

Not that I can say Microsoft will make it any less sucky, but there's always the hope.

In the end, Microsoft is legion. (sun)

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I would rather have them independent or bought by Google.

Why Google?

Posted on: 2011/5/11 14:14
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So they will have even more personal information.

Here's a fun game;

If you have Facebook, go ahead and use the friend finder. It has a Skype friend finder, which compares email addresses between facebook and skype, even if your email is set to hidden.

I'd call it invasion of privacy, but I bet it's in the ToS of one or the other. (sun)

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To be honest, Google already has all the information you may have in your Skype profile. It's not like it's full of insanely private and extremely secret data, or you wouldn't have let Skype use it in the first place.

And Google at least has the habit of driving things forward and opening stuff up. Out of all the big players, I'd rather it be them than the others, if only because of that.

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http://blogs.skype.com/en/2011/05/mic ... t_will_acquire_skype.html
http://www.itworld.com/open-source/16 ... on-may-impact-linux-users
I'm jumping off that sinking ship. What alternatives are the other Skype users here going with?


I don't get why it's a sinking ship, or why you are suddenly looking for alternatives?

Is it because it's Microsoft and a headline (you don't like MS for whatever personal and utterly valid reasons I am sure.. since you're reaction is so strong, i assume you're running OSX or Linux?), or upon purchase did Skype - which is a service after all - suddenly cease to function, cost money to function, or some other horrible outcome?

I'm a little baffled why a take over should initiate such a strong response...unless it's not a genuine action, just a statement you are making

There are alternatives, uni would never even let us use Skype but installed Voipfone or something.

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I would rather have them independent or bought by Google, but yes, it's better than Apple or, dear god, Facebook. Chances are multiplatform support will get a little sketchy.


Totally agree.

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I just realized the already sketchy Linux/Mac versions are probably going to die altogether now. :/

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first i think M$ buying them out will do allot for Skype. As well as you can expect Skype core to be used to enhance or see it fully integrated into Windows Phone 7. And probably into Windows Live Messenger as well.

As for Facebook, well M$ owns a good stack in FB so FB will have full access to the Skype plate form so expect some huge changes to FB's Skype support in the near future.

Google did year look at Skype , however they were just window shopping , their interest was far from serious.

I am iffy overall on skype, i use it but then again i don't. meaning i have an account but rarely use it.

Oh, almost forgot. Those concerned about a linux/mac version i would not worry too much about that, you might find that Microsoft will surprise you.

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I just realized the already sketchy Linux/Mac versions are probably going to die altogether now. :/


I read an article whereby it highlighted that the fact it ran on Linux/Mac was a huge positive for Microsoft... *shrugs*

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