Microsoft and Skype

A company whos product I use day in and day out as part of my job is being acquired by a larger company who I don’t really care for but am no doubt indebted to. I have mixed feelings about this.

Since September 2010 I’ve been working at CramerDev, and a key to our communication has been Skype. Per-project group chats as well as video chat when needed, it’s been a great tool.

We’re mostly a Mac shop (another key to our success IMO). Needless to say Skype 5 was seen as a horrible, horrible sin delivered upon us, as others eloquently put. I immediately reverted to Skype 2.8 (and you should too)

I’m not really worried about this. Skype 5 is pretty bad, and Skype 2.x is still supported. If Microsoft screws this up, which it may, I’m sure another competitor will shine and we’ll migrate. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Campfire lately.

Lastly, this GigaOM article sums up my prediction for both companies in this regard:

It won’t surprise me if Microsoft comes in for major heat on this decision to buy Skype — and the software company could always botch this purchase, as it often does when it buys a company. The Skype team is also full of hired guns who are likely to move on to the next opportunity rather than dealing with the famed Microsoft bureaucracy.h



My name is Clint Shryock. I develop things in Go and Ruby. I live in central Missouri, where the weather is beautiful 4 months of the year.
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