Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th May 2011 08:19 UTC, submitted by porcel
Microsoft So, the biggest acquisition in Microsoft's history. The Wall Street Journal reports - and it has been confirmed - that Microsoft and Skype will announce today that Redmond will buy Skype for $8.5 billion. That's a lot of money for a company that hasn't ever actually made any profits. Update: and it's official: yay on Skype on the Xbox360 and Windows Phone, and this: "Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms." Let's hope this includes Linux.
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RE[2]: Doh! ...
by WereCatf on Tue 10th May 2011 10:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

"Secure video calls, conferencing, chat, desktop sharing, file transfer, support for your favorite OS, and IM network. All this, and more, in Jitsi - the most complete and advanced open source communicator.

via http://jitsi.org
also: http://www.jitsi.org/index.php/Main/Features
"

Jitsi is nowhere near the same as Skype.

First of all, it relies on 3rd party IM networks and protocol which means it's bound to have days when it's not working because the API got changed. Also, there's the risk that Microsoft/Yahoo/etc. will just lock these alternatives out of their network completely.

Secondly, it doesn't do phonecalls to, you know, actual phones. That's one of the most important selling points of Skype, that it can place regular calls to cell-phones or regular phones anywhere in the world.

Thirdly, it doesn't do SMS messages either. Some people use Skype for that too.

Fourth, it's is an EVEN bigger pig on resources than Skype is. Geesh.

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RE[3]: Doh! ...
by lidel on Tue 10th May 2011 12:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Doh! ..."
lidel Member since:
2011-05-10

First of all, it relies on 3rd party IM networks and protocol which means it's bound to have days when it's not working because the API got changed.


That's not the case if you use open solutions like XMPP and Jingle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingle_%28protocol%29).

Secondly, it doesn't do phonecalls to, you know, actual phones. That's one of the most important selling points of Skype, that it can place regular calls to cell-phones or regular phones anywhere in the world.

AFAIK there are (paid) SIP gateways.
I am not familiar with them tho, and a price of such service may be a different story.

Thirdly, it doesn't do SMS messages either. Some people use Skype for that too.

Fourth, it's is an EVEN bigger pig on resources than Skype is. Geesh.


I agree.

PS. I just responded to RshPL's claim by providing an alternative for video calls his family could use (other ones: http://altrn.tv/dmBw8x).
(I have no affiliation with Jitsi or any other 3rd party whatsoever, just wanted to help.)

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RE[4]: Doh! ...
by WereCatf on Tue 10th May 2011 12:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Doh! ..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

That's not the case if you use open solutions like XMPP and Jingle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingle_%28protocol%29).


But then you need to figure out what XMPP server you wish to connect to and so on, and THEN get all your friends and family on the same server. That's too much hassle for the general populace to bother with, it needs to have a central server that's used by all.

AFAIK there are (paid) SIP gateways.
I am not familiar with them tho, and a price of such service may be a different story.


Again, that is not convenient. Users would have to learn what the hell SIP is anyways and then find someone to provide paid SIP services and so on, and THEN continue to configure the client to use the relevant settings. Not going to happen.

PS. I just responded to RshPL's claim by providing an alternative for video calls his family could use (other ones: http://altrn.tv/dmBw8x).
(I have no affiliation with Jitsi or any other 3rd party whatsoever, just wanted to help.)


Yeah, there's plenty of alternatives if you're just going to use client-to-client video chat, but as a Skype-alternative Jitsi doesn't come even close.

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