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Just heard about this from a friend. i had kinda wondered if they would do that from the start....
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They will have to do one thing to keep most of their users. The Skype protocol will have to be changed, so people can utilize it in 3rd party applications. I for one don't use any of the official clients, for any messenger. Pidgin or Digsby usually cover my purposes (Facebook, MSN, Twitter, etc). If Skype doesn't change its protocol, then hackers will have fun building hacked up clients for Skype. It has already been discussed among Digsby developers, to emulate a Skype client so they could utilize its protocol. I don't mind Skype, I just hate how ridiculous the messenger application is.
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Skype was never good imo since it required money to make phone calls but Gmail/Google did it for free...

Also now it belongs to Microsoft puke.gif so no hope of ever being open source and guaranteed more bloat than ever before
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Originally Posted by Z Overlord View Post

Skype was never good imo since it required money to make phone calls but Gmail/Google did it for free...
Also now it belongs to Microsoft puke.gif so no hope of ever being open source and guaranteed more bloat than ever before

Skype requires money to make calls to Land-lines or Cellphone because said companies charge them directly for taking the calls onto their phone networks. it doesnt require payment for direct skype calls because thats all digital and doesnt really cost them anything as far as transit fees go.
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WLM was crap compared to MSN messanger but with the right ad blocking it's essentially the same thing and it shall be missed greatly.
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Farewell live messenger.
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They will have to do one thing to keep most of their users. The Skype protocol will have to be changed, so people can utilize it in 3rd party applications. [...].

Actually they do have an Skype API (SkypeKit) available to integrate Skype into 3rd party apps, I don't know if all the features are supported right now, but at least IM part is there.

Sad thing is that they require to buy license to use that API which cost too much for any open source development to implement. Trillian does have Skype integration through SkypeKit, but I don't know how feature rich it is.
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Skype was never good imo since it required money to make phone calls but Gmail/Google did it for free...
Also now it belongs to Microsoft puke.gif so no hope of ever being open source and guaranteed more bloat than ever before

Exactly what happened to WLM....

So, what's the verdict on alternatives..? Personally, I don't like Skype either.
 
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I'll miss all the fun times I had on MSN frown.gif I hardly use it since it went into a big rectangle with adverts though.
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Actually they do have an Skype API (SkypeKit) available to integrate Skype into 3rd party apps, I don't know if all the features are supported right now, but at least IM part is there.
Sad thing is that they require to buy license to use that API which cost too much for any open source development to implement. Trillian does have Skype integration through SkypeKit, but I don't know how feature rich it is.
You cant utilize Skype protocol without running a Skype client. The API is terrible, thats why no 3rd party app has support. This will have to be changed or another big IM company will strike gold.
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