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Microsoft Buys Skype. Now What?

You may have heard that Microsoft purchased the VoIP program Skype. My email has me thinking this news apparently has some readers worried.

Microsoft’s Ballmer $7.7-Billion Skype Blunder

“Microsoft is buying Skype, the video and Voice over Internet Protocol giant, for over seven billion in cash and this will help them how?READ FULL STORY…

I have seen a lot of dumb moves by tech CEO’s (and investors) over the years. I mean.. colossally idiotic. So, to me, this is just one more item on a long list. (But I am willing to concede, there is probably some reasoning for Microsoft’s long-range plan I am ignorant of.. and it may prove smart.)

What does this mean for you? I am going to go out on a limb, and do something I hate doing – predict the future. And I predict that this acquisition will have no, zip, zero, nada effect on us Skype users.

The fear: I cannot believe that suddenly you will start having to pay for what you are now doing free. (As people seem to be worried about.) Why? Because this is a technology that’s already available fully free and Open Source. Windows Messenger does the same thing Skype does, as does ooVoo and Vid, and several others. (I think Google even has something…)

Skype isn’t even that good a product. What it has going for it is lots of users. (It has “name brand” recognition.)

So what was Microsoft’s Balmer thinking? I don’t know and I don’t care. I just chuckled.

If Skype tells me I need to pay, I’ll simply uninstall it, and install something else – something free.

And so will every other Skype user.

They know this up in Redmond, so I am not expecting to have to switch. Not everyone up there is as idjiotic as Balmer can seem to be…

That’s how it’s done: But that’s how it’s done in today’s world: you come up with some tech thingy and get lots of users onboard, and wait for someone with more money than brains to come and buy you out. Almost 8 BILLION? Cash??? Sold!

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May 11, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, Microsoft, News, PC, tech, VoIP | , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Will oovoo work with skype?


    Comment by RJ45 | May 11, 2011 | Reply

    • RJ45,
      Um.. I am not exactly sure what you’re asking. But, IM, VoIP, and ‘video chat’ programs only ‘work’ with themselves. By that I mean, Skype users can only call other Skype users. Yahoo! Chat users can only text other Yahoo! Chat users. Etc..
      So.. if you were to dump Skype for another program, (like ooVoo) your friends and family would have to do the same.

      But you can have more than one ‘chat’ program installed.. say, both Skype and ooVoo, for example.

      I hope that answered your question.


      Comment by techpaul | May 11, 2011 | Reply

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