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JJ Sanserino
11 May 2011

We are so sad - Skype has been a real favorite and so very useful. Microsoft will surely take it the way of all their bloatware - over featured, difficult to use, buggy, and most likely, not free. The door will be wide open for competitors to step up. Google perhaps?

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John Palmer
11 May 2011

"You need only think back to WebTV, Microsoft Bob, the Zune media player and the Kin phone to reinforce these fears." Let's not forget Hotmail! Before Microsoft took over, it was a reliable web-based email service.

With all the Microsoft haters out there, I'd imagine a new wave of malware will hit Skype users.

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silvermart
11 May 2011

This is likely the beginning of the end of Skype. Microsoft has the reputation of products that work "most" of the time, help that is effective "some" of the time and a strong position behind the curve of innovation. I, for one, am likely to cancel my Skype account and find an alternative before i am driven to it by frustration. Once burned, twice shy and, in Microsoft's case, forever circumspect

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E.W.
11 May 2011

So, no more freebies. You'll have to subscribe to the service. They WILL drop the free service. Wait and see.

Posted by:

Renier Emons
11 May 2011

For one I am afraid that MS might make Skype too heavy. ooVoo is probably a better messenger, but heavy compared to Skype. MS tends to make everything too heave and too complicated.
I have stopped using IE8 for that reason. I liked it, but it crashes too often and causes problems in general in my computer. I rather use Opera and Google Chrome instead. Going back to IE7 was no option because it pales in comparison with IE8.
Quite another issue is that Skype and also ooVoo are blocked in many countries (together with quite a few other messengers) because of their VoIP capability. I live in such a country, but I can circumvent. It would be interesting to see how this is going to play out.

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M. B.
11 May 2011

I don't like Microsoft so I will close my Skype account and use Google VOIP.

Posted by:

Jennifer Juniper
11 May 2011

After hearing the news, I am very apprehensive that a stop will be put to the free conversations and the price per minute will be raised for calling those who do not have Skype or even a computer. Only time will tell but I am not hopeful.

Posted by:

Holly
11 May 2011

I'm worried that Apple users will be dumped... another favorite Microsoft trick.

Posted by:

N.S.
12 May 2011

Microsoft will make sure that the best things in life aren't free. Skype was a great ride while it lasted.

Posted by:

Bob P
12 May 2011

At least they bought it instead of reverse engineering it and then driving Skype out of business with endless lawyers fees and paperwork. Microsoft did that to a number of companies in the 1980s and 1990s.
I am no fan of Microsoft! This action by Microsoft isn't good.

Posted by:

thiru
12 May 2011

Mention Skype and you think of family and friends near and far.Loads of fun and easy to use.

Mention Microsoft and it all about money and virus inviting software. Social responsiblity is tossed aside beause Microsoft is run by people who have a political mentality.

Goodbye to the good times on Skype. Time to look for something else. Perhaps Linux will come to the rescue.

Posted by:

David Robles
12 May 2011

Well i totally agree with you guys am gonna miss the high quality video calls with friends and family. But Microsoft only knows how to really kill something good. If you guys find other nice option for video calls, let me know.

Posted by:

J. Spencer
12 May 2011

It's worth noting that, despite its popularity, Skype has yet to turn a profit. So it's likely that the free ride would have come to an end (or at least been severely curtailed) regardless of who owned it. You can't live off venture capital forever.

Posted by:

Arcanys
12 May 2011

Such a waste Facebook doesn't incorporate it in their network. Its would be totally cool to chat with friends their, I mean Skype is pretty nice and idiot friendly. Nevertheless I'm looking forward for MS innovation. outsourcing company

Posted by:

Duncan
12 May 2011

Myabe they'll fix the bug that prevents Excel emptying the clipboard if the Skype add-on is running in Internet Explorer (my, my that's a goodie - how do you spread something that far across a range of software?). Or given Microsoft's track record, maybe they won't.

Posted by:

Mary Mayhem
12 May 2011

This is the best thing that ever happened to the competition.

Posted by:

Joseph
12 May 2011

Microsoft is like the government..too large to do anything correctly...Skype could be in trouble..trouble for us, the Skype users.

Posted by:

Howard
12 May 2011

When you sign up for Skype, you grant them permission "for the Skype Software to utilize the processor and bandwidth of your computer". See "theinternetpatrol.com" and type Skype in their search box. Why would anyone agree to that ? ? ?
And now Microsoft just purchased Skype. I put a HIGH
value on trust, security, freedom and privacy, but then thats just me.

Posted by:

don
12 May 2011

as mentioned,if M.S. bundles up skype into windows,what will happen in countries that has blocked skype? i.e:Oman.will we have to purchase a vesion of windows which does not include skype,or will the telecomunication companies have to remove the ban on skype???
Any comments are most welcome : [email protected]

Posted by:

Dan
12 May 2011

The only job of a corp. is to make profits for the share holders. I just hope there is a way to keep the costs down and hope for the best.

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