Thursday, August 11, 2011

The uncertain future of Skype (R.I.P) and the rise of Google Voice



The logo of Skype R.I.P

Skype was a blast and still is a world wide known brand for video-calls , cheap long distant calls , but how about the future ?

My prediction is , Skype will defently loose lots and lots of its customers to Google voice .
Why ? because Microsoft has recently bought it and appearantly they have stopped working on the Linux version of Skype . ( surprise ! )

The last Skype version for Linux was published many years ago -feel like centuries ago- and it works but it lacks lots of window's features and it does have few bugs .

For instance , since I upgraded to their latest version , I no longer see my own picture when I am in a video-2-video call , and it is pretty annoying to keep imagining what other person is seeing . is the camera showing your head or is it showing your other parts of body ?

I predict that Skype will loose a lot to Google voice because, nowadays there are lots of tablets and mobile phones using Android and other kinds of Linux and they are gonna choose Google voice !

And also Google voice offers Free calls to both landline and mobiles in USA . (isn't that such generous offer ? ) you could simply buy a plan with cheap internet and pay nothing for your minute calls . not mentioning that internet over mobile gets cheaper and cheaper .

Google Voice also offers free US land-line number for you , so you can manager all your incoming phone calls in a very smart way , and you can choose your landline number , and you can even choose your name characters .

Also offering answering machine with the speech recognation ability to convert the message to text for you . so you wont even have to listen to the messges but Search for the specfic texts among many of the . isnt that amazing ?

I think the Big Microsoft will kill Little Skype , just like how the story goes in mice and men ! (the story really reflects what I am trying to say )


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