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?
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.