I've never been one to think Microsoft overpaid for Skype. I think it's a tremendous asset, despite a user interface I loathe. Its use is steadily growing, especially internationally. And now it's getting integrated with Microsoft's ecosystem. That means two things: first, a large number Skype users can get slurped into Microsoft services such as SkyDrive, Hotmail, and personalized Bing search; and second, a lot of people using Microsoft services can easily add Skype to the list.
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- Being boring people we only need to manage about 6 contacts for face time or skype, You as a world traveling tech reporter probably have a few more contacts. Facetime has the same p2p limitations that skype has and the video is better.
I have not tried hangouts. It was a long afternoon trying to get my wife's parents to understand the ipod mini and the face time button. I don't think we want to confuse them with another way to do things even if it is basically equivalent.Feb 15, 2013
- It's not equivalent. Google it and give it a try.Feb 15, 2013
- I've almost completely stopped paying for Skype calls because of Google Voice, but that's not available outside the US yet. I use Hangouts some, too. I think Skype has huge value because of its active users, many with credit card payment mechanisms established, and its strong social graph.Feb 15, 2013
- I find Hangouts to be awkward to initiate, too, but I expect Google will refine the experience.Feb 15, 2013
- My biggest complaint about Skype is the excruciatingly loud noise it makes when I'm placing a call. Why should it crank my laptop speakers to the point of distortion? Maybe when receiving a call the ringtone should be loud. I should probably check to see if this is configurable.Feb 15, 2013
- Google hangout is best ...period. Try itFeb 15, 2013