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Microsoft buys Skype; what does it mean it to the user of Skype?

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Skype CEO Tony Bates shake hands (Net Picture)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Skype CEO Tony Bates shake hands (Net Picture)

Microsoft has been running its Messenger (Windows Live Messenger and MSN Messenger) as a free service for years and it has just bought Skype ; a popular internet telephony application. As a customer i have a number of questions.

  • Now that it has bought Skype what will come of its old messengers?
  • Will they remain free and Skype will become a paid service?
  • Will it up grade Skype, to gain a better competition over Gtalk and Yahoo Messenger?
  • Lets say Skype becomes a paid service, and we can’t blame Microsoft for that (they have invested over $8.5 billion for Christ’s sake?), do you look at Gtalk and Yahoo Messenger as perfect substitutes?

Just thinking;

This feels like perfect time for Open Source to take a stand in internet telephony applications.

Quite a lot of questions here and there, but as a consumer I always look for the best and affordable product. So let’s see where this leads us; we can’t without admitting that Skype is a great application, Congratulations to Microsoft.

Microsoft buys Skype at $8.5 billion(Net Picture)

Microsoft buys Skype at $8.5 billion (Net Picture)

Beneth

13/05/2011