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]: Alternatives?
by Bringbackanonposting on Fri 9th Nov 2012 06:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 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.

It's built on Java dude!
I didn't realise until I installed it and all my processor fans ran full speed. Looking at the process list found java at 100%. Killed it and uninstall. Phew, that was close...

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