Out in the Twittersphere, reaction to Microsoft’s purchase of Skype (what else do you do when you have $8.5 billion burning a hole in your pocket? Buy Skype!) seemed divided between a few points of view:
- Microsoft bought Skype so that Google or Facebook couldn’t buy it
- This could be good: Skype is a great tool but it’s been a little stagnant over the past few years. Maybe after forking out $8.5 billion for it, Microsoft will give Skype an infusion of gusto.
- Microsoft will mismanage Skype just like they mismanage their other projects: endless waits for upgrades, new versions that only kinda sorta work, etc.
As a devoted Linux user, I’ll admit that my concern is more self-serving: what happens to the Linux and Mac versions of Skype now that Microsoft owns it? The Linux version of Skype is great: it works on my desktop and my netbook and I’ve never had any problems with Linux-Windows compatibility on Skype. For the record, the same is true of my recent experiments with WebEx, as opposed to the easy-to-use but Linux-unfriendly GoToWebinar. Readers, any thoughts on the Skype acquisition and where Skype might go from here??