9 thoughts on “SkypePhone”

  1. I can think of a half-dozen movies where that sound and look appeared. And the many episodes of HGTV’s House Hunters International sre chatting across the pond before joining a search for a new home.

    Though, usually, with their great use [which means sort-of-subtle] of product placement, they’re using Apple computers.

  2. A SkypePhone would have been blacklisted in every carrier-centric market.

    Windows Phone is indeed a bad brand. Microsoft is in denial as to how badly the Windows brand was decimated by both Apple’s marketing and Microsoft’s own missteps.

    Then again, it is in some ways a moot point because Nokia Lumia has Samsung Galaxy’d Windows Phone as a brand. Although that trophy is a weeee bit smaller than Samsung’s…

    1. I am not so sure – it was something that was an obvious thing to do following the rise of the Google Phone and Apple phones. Skype would have sent them voice minutes and the data would more or less make up for all lost voice revenues. Now they (carriers) are in the same place – losing revenue streams to Ott products but making bank on data. I think it is still not too late!

  3. I think you have to learn to think like Microsoft. Skype was a defensive move to capture the telco access ports, letters of transit and tariffs that Skype had acquired and had nothing to do with technology or user base. Microsoft bought Skype to prevent Google voice from becoming the world’s phone company overnight. Once they had the technology in house, there was never any real plan to exploit it.

      1. You know, it just occurred to me that maybe there is another explanation for Microsoft doing little with Skype. Its remotely possible that MSFT is just the operator for the real owner who is using it as the world’s most ubiquitous intelligence gathering mechanism. 12B purchase price is entirely doable in a world where agencies spend 52B, greater than Googles revenue, a year. Intriguing.

  4. Market moves aside, I think your observation about what MS should have done with Skype is spot on. While others would argue blacklisting, I think that MS is one of the few companies that truly could take on the (US) telecoms and win a few rounds (the Xbox One may prove that argument). The SkypePhone may not have been what we imagine, but the brand could have carried the market and possibly opened it up a bit.

    I agree that MS probably lost huge buckets of money concentrating on Win8 and shelving Skype, in any case.

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