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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Alternatives?
by Alfman on Thu 8th Nov 2012 03:55 UTC
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Dropping live messenger will have no impact on me.

I use skype because it's one of the few cross platform video chat solutions around. Unfortunately it's buggy and unintuitive. Contacts who are online don't always show up as being online. I've had trouble with the windows version dropping video and needing to restart calls to get video back. I'd love to have a better cross-platform solution.

There's some praise for oovoo, but they've been ignoring linux for five years despite continued requests. I personally cannot back a solution that isn't truly cross platform: windows, linux, android, mac.

Can anyone recommend a good cross platform video conf solution?

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