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So we all know that MS bought skype right?

With that what are the alternatives and is there anyway to talk to other skype users without skype?

Boy am I starting to wish MS was still under anti-trust scrutiny.
     
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Even before the MS purchase Skype for Linux has lagged behind its Windows counterpart. Does anyone think MS will actually bring it to feature parity? Or what other options are there?
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We also have the other new developing skynet (google) that offers some voice/video chat. I was going to suggest pidgin but it seems they aren't doing any video related stuff now. =( I don't think MS will pull skype from linux,
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We also have the other new developing skynet (google) that offers some voice/video chat. I was going to suggest pidgin but it seems they aren't doing any video related stuff now. =( I don't think MS will pull skype from linux,
They might not pull it, but will they update that horrible client we have at the moment?
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I have to side with no1Joeno1 on the state of skype currently in Linux. It's rather appalling and that's what has me wondering; where do Linux users go from here? I'm really concerned about being able to talk with people who will likely only ever use skype. Is there any way to talk with them without having to use it myself? Something like using AIM but on Pidgin?
     
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Microsoft Lync is the next big thing over Skype.
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I have to side with no1Joeno1 on the state of skype currently in Linux. It's rather appalling and that's what has me wondering; where do Linux users go from here? I'm really concerned about being able to talk with people who will likely only ever use skype. Is there any way to talk with them without having to use it myself? Something like using AIM but on Pidgin?
Yes, there is a web-based all-in-1 messenger that can connect to skype accounts.. The bad thing is I forgot how it's called.. Will post back once I remember.
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Yes, there is a web-based all-in-1 messenger that can connect to skype accounts.. The bad thing is I forgot how it's called.. Will post back once I remember.
The big thing is whether it can handle video and all. I remember Kopete could do some things but it still needed skype to work properly.
     
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So this mean no skype for android anymore?
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well rookie, just looking at the "beta" of skype 2.2 for linux, that hasn't changed all that much in about 2 or 3 years, i think skype abandoned us long before the MS buyout....MS has claimed they aren't going to restrict it to one platform, that they would continue to develop for all the current platforms it is on, as i use it and i do pay for their "service" as i use it for a lot of conference calls...

as for the future of it on the linux platform, who knows, MS might continue active development, or figure "beta 2.2" is good enough, but i'd imagine they purchased it due its popularity as a VOIP client, that can operate on linux, windows, mac osx, ios and android (not sure about windows 7 mobile, i'd imagine it does have a client?) so it just might be business as usual from now on.

MS isn't as cold hearted as we think, just look at the mono and moonlight projects
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