Microsoft Deal Will Boost Open Skype Alternatives

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Though it promises otherwise, Microsoft is unlikely to keep Skype going on competing platforms.

Now that Microsoft has bought the VoIP leader, the shock in many circles is palpable. Widely viewed as primarily a defensive move, the acquisition has many wondering how Microsoft will integrate the service with offerings of its own–most notably Windows Live Messenger–not to mention how it will affect the 170 million or so Skype users around the globe.

Microsoft, of course, portrays the deal as purely an enhancement of what’s offered on both sides.

“Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities,” it wrote in its press release on the topic, for example.

Not only that, but “Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms,” the company asserted. Currently, there are Skype apps for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X along with Android, Blackberry, iOS and Symbian devices. Read more

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