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[5]: Alternatives?
by zima on Fri 9th Nov 2012 23:49 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Alternatives?"
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Well, generally I see it as a compromise - apart from the ~noble goals, keep in mind which solutions have a realistic chance of gaining momentum. Otherwise, if you strive for purity too much, the public might steer to really nasty solutions.

Luckily, Gmail/Gtalk is decently standard-compliant (it pushed some after all) and interoperable ...while being quite possibly the most popular XMPP client, if I'd have to guess.

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