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Old 10th May 2011, 09:47 AM   #1
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Exclamation The End of Free VoIP Telephony: M$ Buys Skype!



This is the end!

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...der-skype.html
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Old 10th May 2011, 10:32 AM   #2
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Old 10th May 2011, 10:33 AM   #3
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Old 10th May 2011, 10:38 AM   #4
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Old 10th May 2011, 10:44 AM   #5
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It will still be be. You'll just have to install MSN toolbars, Messenger, and Windows Live to use it.
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Old 10th May 2011, 10:44 AM   #6
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Ok, so they bought it. Where does it say the basic service won't remain free?
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Old 10th May 2011, 10:45 AM   #7
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Microskype

They should employ me.
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Old 10th May 2011, 10:55 AM   #8
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Ok, so they bought it. Where does it say the basic service won't remain free?
Where does it say it will remain free?
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Old 10th May 2011, 11:08 AM   #9
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i read about this earlier today. I actually pay for Skype services so I can call land lines in Europe for a fixed rate i pay yearly.

My fear would be they put the cost of this service up, and then mess it up in the same way GFWL is messed up....
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Old 10th May 2011, 11:30 AM   #11
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Where does it say it will remain free?
As the service is currently free, and that there is no mention of MS changing that yet, I'd say the burden of proof lies with you, if anyone.

Until they make official announcements, it's all speculation anyway.
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Old 10th May 2011, 11:35 AM   #12
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Haters gonna hate. I think it's a great move and opens up whole new possibilities to use Skype and to integrate its technology with other services.
Here's official press release: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/p...orpNewsPR.mspx
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Xbox Skype??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Xbox Skype??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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I propose a new name for the Skype/xBox integration: SeXBox.
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Old 10th May 2011, 01:48 PM   #16
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I know this is the internet, people, but you folks are ridiculously ignorant. Why would Skype suddenly lose it's free services? Right now, Windows messanger does free computer to computer voice and video calling at a pretty good quality. Not only that, but a LOT more people use messenger, not only in total users, but also in users using the service at the same time. You could argue that skype is better/more refined/whatever, but it's not like MS is going to purposely take better technology and make it worse.

In fact, it is Skype that has the pay service, not MS, and it seems (to me) that they want to integrate the tech and pay system of pc-landline into messenger, having, like Skype a free service and a pay service with tight integration.

So no, you won't lose free anything, and we'll probably just see tighter MS integration with the tech and services. That's it. Stop your crying.

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So no, you won't lose free anything, and we'll probably just see tighter MS integration with the tech and services. That's it. Stop your crying.
So what you're saying is, if we don't use Skype through "MS integration with the tech and services" we might not be using it at all in the future.

It will be interesting to see what Microsoft does, but the likelihood is that now we can expect to see better and tighter integration of Skype into Microsoft products, and worse and weaker integration of Skype into non-Microsoft products. I don't see how that is a good thing.
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Old 10th May 2011, 03:09 PM   #19
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Wait, what's so free about Skype now? The only thing you can do without a paying subscription is messaging and video chat. I thought they started charging for their phone services ages ago. You can't even have group sessions anymore without paying.

The only way it could get any worse is if they make you pay to use skype at all or the software just goes downhill.
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I know this is the internet, people, but you folks are ridiculously ignorant.
Man you are defensive and fanboi-ish. Either way, my statement brings more humor than ignorance. I honestly don't know if the actual service will be free to use or will it be charged, all I know is that from their perspective, it's only easy to assume it will.

You could easily compare it to me when I start a video game thread, people will assume I'll get mad at the game. See?
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