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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RE[2]: Alternatives?
by KLU9 on Thu 8th Nov 2012 17:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Alternatives?"
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I looked into Jitsi a while back (during/after the last major Skype outage). I didn't go with it in the end as I got a bit frustrated trying to set it up and Skype got working again.

But it's cross-platform, at least for PC OSes. As for mobile they don't have a client, but then it uses open protocols so there's probably an Android client that would interoperate.

And I should probably look into again due its OSS nature and secure encryption, considering how much I communicate with China (Skype for China has filtering and a backdoor for the Party to intrude)

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