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: Good riddance
by lucas_maximus on Tue 10th May 2011 20:35 UTC in reply to "Good riddance"
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Well that's a good fit.

Microsoft has held back entire software industry for over a decade with Windows XP, IE 6 and Office. With Skype they can start preventing progress on all real time communications. Since Skype already has a horrible interface, all they have to do is make some irrelevant protocol updates to kill all Linux clients

Oh Wait a second.

Back in 2001, IE6 was the best browser by far. Not until 2004 when Firefox hit 1.0 was there a browser that came close to the speed and functionality of IE6.

Businesses (quite rightly so) had already become dependant on IE6. Development costs for Netscape compatibility were just too expensive and IE6 was a stable target to develop for.

Many crufty legacy apps exist because of things like cost of replacement is too high ... none of us like it, but in the real world this is how things work.

Microsoft held nobody back ... they have just supported their clients as they promised they would do back in 2001 with Windows XP and IE6 support.

As for Windows XP and Office ... there has been no compelling alternative for customers until MacOSX Tiger (Believe it was about this time Macs started getting some real Market share) and Windows 7 (Which the number of Beta Downloads was larger than Desktop Linux users at the time).

Linux Distros and Developers had since 2001 til about 2009 to get their act together to produce a decent desktop operating system and they squadered their chance. Redhat found out early there was no money to be made in Desktop Linux and changed focus after Redhat 9.

Open Office is simply rubbish compared to even Microsoft Office 2000.

The only people that have forced Microsoft to innovate are Apple,Google and the Mozilla Firefox developers.

Killing Linux support could actually turn out to be a good thing. Someone could take the task of creating a true crossplatfom OSS Skype replacements with private key encryption etc.

Microsoft haven't said yet they will be killing the Linux version. So hold your horses.

Even if they did say kill the Linux version, desktop linux has less than a 1% install base so even if they did kill Linux support, An OSS alternative (many that already exist) won't suddenly become attractive to the vast majority of users. Since other mainstream platforms (i.e. Windows and MacOSX) will still retain their users.

If they killed say Android or MacOSX support then there maybe interest in a OSS alternative to skype, but Android already has google talk, and MacOSX/iOS already has iChat and FaceTime.

So don't count on there being a open-source uprising if Linux support is killed.

Edited 2011-05-10 20:36 UTC

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