Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 8th Nov 2012 02:24 UTC
Windows Microsoft is discontinuing Windows Live Messenger in 1st quarter 2013, forcing users to switch to Skype. Most would want to switch to Skype anyway with its more advanced capabilities, and the switch makes sense to Microsoft, since they purchased Skype for $8.5 billion last year. However, the move may be seen as typical Redmondian high-handedness by those using Messenger with dial-up. Technically Skype works with dial-up but in practice most agree you really need broadband for decent use. Will everyone view Messenger as replaceable by Skype?
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dial-up VoIP
by zima on Thu 8th Nov 2012 03:52 UTC
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VoIP app that works excellent on marginal connections, much better than Skype in my experience*, is the original win32 Google Talk client - with the additional bonus of being quite easy to grasp by non-techies (so it's plausible to quickly guide distant somebody through installation, using ordinary phonecall, and then switch to ~free VoIP; it worked the few times I tried).

Too bad that client is also a bit neglected lately... oh well, at least most of the nice things (and more, like video) found its way to Gmail plugin.

*and not only my experience: GTalk was battle-tested by my buddy, communicating from over-utilised student LAN on his end, with a dial-up deep in CIS. Skype in the same conditions was non-functional; GTalk - quite nice, definitely comparable to a good quality phonecall.

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