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[3]: Could it be fixed?
by ssokolow on Thu 8th Nov 2012 22:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Could it be fixed?"
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The linux version actually got a decent update after Microsoft bought them.

And Skype 4.0 is literally the only application on my system which uses the ALSA API yet breaks unless you're running PulseAudio.

I had to stay on Skype 2.2 beta (thank goodness for the statically-linked tarball) to have a desktop where I can run Skype without being condemned to PulseAudio randomly bugging out.

(I also have one other thing that requires PulseAudio. A game which, on startup, waits forever for PulseAudio to start even if you don't have it installed. Thankfully, I got it in a bundle and was only trying to run it out of curiosity.)

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