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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/8/2016 8:23:17 PM
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Re: How does Skype even work now?
Skype to phone calls were what made Skype really popular. (I think it was called SkypeOut at one time?) And people use it as a "poor man's" videoconferencing tool... but as you point out, it's pretty spotty and "best efforts" internet connections aren't really great for high-quality video conferencing.

Skype used to be pretty good for sending files, too. Since it was a P2P platform, it could transfer files to a group of people pretty nicely... but I think that feature has disappeared? Dropbox and other services fill that role now... and I don't think MSFT wants to get into the legal liability of people sharing copyrighted files via Skype.

I'm wondering when Google Voice will try to merge with Hangouts and be more like Skype.. or if Google will eventually kill off Google Voice... 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/8/2016 8:02:08 PM
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Re: How does Skype even work now?
@mhhf1ve Years ago people were using it to make free calls -- with the option of video -- to places that had traditionally incurred high long distance charges. I wasn't really making those kinds of calls. I got it because some clients expected to be able to communicate via Skype, even though most of them used it as just a phone. Some were in Thailand, the UK, etc. and didn't want the phone charges.

I think I've only used it once for video because one person wanted to see me. But I found it a bit spotty. Some calls had more than one false start, and in one case, the guy who suggested it to connect gave up and just called me on my phone.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/8/2016 7:55:38 PM
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How does Skype even work now?
Skype was once a P2P messaging application -- that *could* be encrypted end-to-end... But I think that version ceased to exist years ago. So now it's just like Google Hangouts with a few missing features and a few added ones. 

Messaging apps are going to be big.. but I'm not sure Skype is going to be able to ride the next wave. The history of "instant messaging" has a long line of failures. If MSFT isn't careful, Skype could be another billion dollar writedown someday.

 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/8/2016 7:51:51 PM
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Re: Skype
Skype has had a weird history... No one seems to know what to do with it. Would eBay users ever want to communicate via Skype? Oh well. didn't happen... Would people watching TV want to Skype each other? Maybe? Oops. nope. 

Will Skype still exist on Xbox? As part of Outlook.com? As part of Outlook for business? Who knows? 

Will Skype survive after everyone has moved onto Slack and WhatsApp? Probably not. 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/8/2016 7:41:32 PM
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<To which I say, "Skype had a smart TV app?"> @Mike I had the exact same reaction! I am a registerd Skype customer from back in the early days before it became part of the Microsoft empire. But I don't use it much at all and haven't stayed up to date on its offerings. 

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