14 thoughts on “MSN takes on Skype”

  1. Om, so Skype has issues from your perspective… MSN, Yahoo are basket cases — given you had the opportunity to create the one killer private VoIP application biz …what would it look like.

  2. I think Yahoo is not a basket case, and MSN has to yet prove its utility. i think you miss the point – too many features can sometimes turn people off and you will see that happen in the case of MSN as well. I think the killer VoIP app has to support open standards like SIP and has to add value to the existing applications in a new sort of a way!

  3. (Get the MSN Space free, as long as Microsoft can hang a billboard on it. Bah!)

    Um, I see more adverts on your site for Verizon than I ever see on the MSN site, so bah right back at you!

  4. I don’t get it the MSN client has the ability to do voice calls for a long time now. Voice and video really. The only only point to comparing themselves to sype would be to say they are going to bridge to normal phones, otherwise they are already the same product essentially. Which is to say just another instant message client (JAIM) with crap wrapped around it that almost works some times. Skype does a good job of working through cooperate firewalls MS does not… maybe they are claiming to fix that or the NAT problems with their VOIP :p. Whole release sounds silly.

  5. apparently they have a better voice engine and they can not bore through firewalls. not sure what’s new, but comparing yourself to skyp is kinda trendy these days

  6. MSN Messenger has had video chat for ages, since the NetMeeting days. So it wasn’t exactly catching up.

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  8. Om wrote:

    “you always have the option of reading this in the rss reader where it is going to be free sans the ads. think about that!”

    Why not have ads in RSS? Feedburner can do it. I’m all for stuff that helps compensate bloggers.

  9. i go over that in my head – wonder whether it is right to be putting ads in rss feeds which actually are in your space, versus the website which is in space. its a debate i have often wrestled with – not decided about that. but thanks for your vote of confidence

  10. It’ll eventually go one of two ways, full article feeds with ads, or summary feeds without. I prefer the latter, because it doesn’t kill RSS’s original goal: notifying users of new content. Making it deliver all the content is stretching it a bit.

  11. While it’s true that Skype uses proprietary technology, at least they use some encryption. With SIP, you could have TLS/SSL and SRTP, but hardly any of the VoIP providers are using them.



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