Yet, I’m not sure if this will be good or bad for Microsoft and, of course, Skype. And, in a more personal note, I’m not sure if I like it. First, because I like some competition. Google Talk doesn’t have the number of users that MSN and Skype, the leader, have.
Second, because one of the things that I liked about Skype was that they launched new features first.
On the positive side, Skype will still be cross-platform. How long? Who knows.
When I heard on news that microsoft was going to buy skype along with the info that skype was actually losing money, I was actually suprised, by the fact that skype was losing money. I personally don’t really like skype as it basically doesn’t let you leave offline messages(well it does, but it only appears when both the sender and receiver get online at the same time). I only use it to make cheap phone calls. I am waiting to see if there’ll be any new stuff coming out with microsoft managing it.
Microsoft didn’t waste much time integrating Skype (who they bought out) with Facebook (who they have a stake in). I can bet there will be hordes of people who will create new groups boycotting the new Facebook Chat design, but in 5 months time they’ll still be using the service.
Not sure what percentage of Facebook that Microsoft owns, but they have a significant financial stake in Facebook, which is probably why Facebook managed to integrate Skype into the Facebook Chat system as a Video Chat feature so soon after Microsoft had bought Skype out.
I think Microsoft are making some pretty good moves in this little chess game that is going on between Microsoft and Google. We’ll see what happens though.