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The End of Free VoIP Telephony: M$ Buys Skype!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Polychron, May 10, 2011.

  1. Polychron

    Polychron Poliwrath

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  2. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    cue Nelson haha in 3....2......1
     
  3. Darkdrium

    Darkdrium 20% Cooler

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    Oh great.
     
  4. Kantham

    Kantham Fool.

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    lol. Why.
     
  5. DeathBooger

    DeathBooger Malcolm's Sugar Daddy

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    It will still be be. You'll just have to install MSN toolbars, Messenger, and Windows Live to use it.
     
  6. xMurphyx

    xMurphyx New Member

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    Ok, so they bought it. Where does it say the basic service won't remain free?
     
  7. M.A.D.X.W

    M.A.D.X.W Active Member

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    Microskype

    They should employ me.
     
  8. Kantham

    Kantham Fool.

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    Where does it say it will remain free?
     
  9. Big-Al

    Big-Al amateur de bière

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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.... :(
     
  10. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    Microsoft ruins everything it touches.
     
  11. Arcturus

    Arcturus Not From Bloody Starcraft

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    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.
     
  12. Raynor.Z

    Raynor.Z Ad Nocendum Potentes Sumus

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  13. Polychron

    Polychron Poliwrath

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    Xbox Skype??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
     
  14. Balton

    Balton The Beast of Worship

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    yesh! :D
     
  15. Thrash123

    Thrash123 Obey Leash Laws

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    I propose a new name for the Skype/xBox integration: SeXBox.
     
  16. dragonfliet

    dragonfliet I write stuffs

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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.

    ~Jason
     
  17. Jacks:Revenge

    Jacks:Revenge ╠╣E╚╚O

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    I lol'd.
     
  18. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  19. NRG

    NRG Master Console Hater

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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.
     
  20. Kantham

    Kantham Fool.

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    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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