Skype's present is secure, its future is not

17 thoughts on “Skype's present is secure, its future is not”

  1. Do tech analysts have feces for brains nowadays? All their so called ‘editorials’ are nothing but rehashes that the companies in question are feeding to them.

    What’s killing Skype is Google+ Hangouts, which lets you video conference with (1) up to ten people, (2) without downloading anything, and (3) most importantly for free. These are huge selling points that significantly lower the barrier of entry, and coupled with Google’s significant web presence, creates a very compelling competitor.

      1. That message could have been written so much more nicely. Anyways valid points in terms of the hangout feature from google being a big missing point on skype which is also provided by apps like oovoo. Maybe the war chest from microsoft could be used to fund more free features in skype to maintain the user base and maybe siphon users from the new apps.

    1. Bhanuk

      Thanks for the comment. While Google Hangouts is a killer feature (I wrote so myself when it launched), I don’t think it is getting as much usage as many think. I think if you look at Sandvine data and data from other such services, you see that Google Hangouts and others are still pretty marginal in terms of having an impact.

    2. LOL! You mean the Google+ which is essentially a grave yard, and a dead zone. What the hell are you smoking man? Did you not just read that Skype’s user base has grown by 26% in the last half year, growth Google+ can only dream about. So how does 26% growth indicate that Google+, a dead platform, is killing Skype? What a delusional idiot.

    3. LOL! What the hell are you smoking man, or should I say fanboy. Google+ is a wasteland and a grave yard. Did you not read that Skype’s user base has grown 26% in the last half year, growth Google+ can only dream of. So how does that equate to Google+ killing it, when Skype already had over 700 million users and grew another 26%? Idiot!

  2. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft ‘integrates’ Skype to its own platforms and other OS platforms. The OS level integration for Windows Live and Facebook chat on the Windows Phone OS is quite nice. If they got Skype integrated that way into Windows Phone OS and also make a push for Android and iOS

  3. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft ‘integrates’ Skype to its own platforms and other OS platforms. The OS level integration for Windows Live and Facebook chat on the Windows Phone OS is quite nice. If they got Skype integrated that way into Windows Phone OS and also make a push for Android and iOS

  4. …the whole aspect of all messages showing up in the ‘SMS’ thread will be powerful enough to fight off WhatsApp and other such products. Big BUT – Can Microsoft maintain its MS Office dominance and can Office365 be a credible alternative to Google an others? … And not to mention the future of the Windows Phone is still cloudy with chances of showers!

  5. Om this was an excellent article. There are many issues with the Skype roadmap but the most significant one is that whilst Skype has very rich APIs, they are enough commercial restrictions to suggest that it is not worth building into the Skype platform. From a developers perspective, the roadmap has zero visibility as well. I am not sure how you can grow a business into a dominant platform in today’s Internet if you are operating what is effectively a closed system. Most people cannot even name a Skype app.

  6. I don’t understand how Skype has continued to grow lately. Their numbers may be increasing, but as you said, their future is definitely questionable. I have never used it before and find no need to start now as there are many other, easier to use outlets. I also do not know many who do rely on it, but those who do agree that the app is nearly impossible.

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