Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th May 2011 08:19 UTC, submitted by porcel
Microsoft So, the biggest acquisition in Microsoft's history. The Wall Street Journal reports - and it has been confirmed - that Microsoft and Skype will announce today that Redmond will buy Skype for $8.5 billion. That's a lot of money for a company that hasn't ever actually made any profits. Update: and it's official: yay on Skype on the Xbox360 and Windows Phone, and this: "Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms." Let's hope this includes Linux.
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RE[2]: Doh! ...
by WereCatf on Tue 10th May 2011 10:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
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"Secure video calls, conferencing, chat, desktop sharing, file transfer, support for your favorite OS, and IM network. All this, and more, in Jitsi - the most complete and advanced open source communicator.


Jitsi is nowhere near the same as Skype.

First of all, it relies on 3rd party IM networks and protocol which means it's bound to have days when it's not working because the API got changed. Also, there's the risk that Microsoft/Yahoo/etc. will just lock these alternatives out of their network completely.

Secondly, it doesn't do phonecalls to, you know, actual phones. That's one of the most important selling points of Skype, that it can place regular calls to cell-phones or regular phones anywhere in the world.

Thirdly, it doesn't do SMS messages either. Some people use Skype for that too.

Fourth, it's is an EVEN bigger pig on resources than Skype is. Geesh.

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