Archive for May, 2011
The first bit of news I happened across this morning was that Microsoft was buying Skype. My first thought was, “well, shit. There goes Skype.” We’ve really grown to rely on Skype at home for video chatting, especially with Elise’s family, who is 1,000 miles away. It’s great because the video and audio quality is excellent and, more important, reliable (and it beats the hell out of Apple’s iChat). We use Skype for instant messaging at work. We’re a virtual company and rely heavily on instant messaging and screen sharing, and Skype delivers. Our neighbors use Skype daily to call and video chat with their family in China. Skype’s a great product and service and Microsoft will invariably destroy it, make it clunky and unusable and exploit it’s rabid fan- and user-base.
And that user-base has thrown their hands up with the news:
But who knows… Microsoft might have something up its sleeve. I doubt it, but I like trying to see the glass half full. I can’t help but think of what Cisco did to the Flip, though.