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[3]: Doh! ...
by lidel on Tue 10th May 2011 12:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Doh! ..."
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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.

That's not the case if you use open solutions like XMPP and Jingle (

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.

AFAIK there are (paid) SIP gateways.
I am not familiar with them tho, and a price of such service may be a different story.

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.

I agree.

PS. I just responded to RshPL's claim by providing an alternative for video calls his family could use (other ones:
(I have no affiliation with Jitsi or any other 3rd party whatsoever, just wanted to help.)

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