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Skype is such a bastion of basic Internet service that most of us at this point take free VoIP and dirt cheap telephone calls for granted. Unfortunately, Skype never has been able to do the same: the company has always had a hard time with profitability, and it’s been traded and sold so many times between various parties at this point that it may very well be one of Silicon Valley’s most in-demand call girls.

Things have only gotten worse as companies like Google have entered the VoIP fray with products like Google Voice. Skype needs to try new things to stay profitable… and now they’ve announced one of their first steps after charging for group video calls towards a more lucrative business model.
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I got nothing nice to say, so I won't say anything...
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I don't think it's that bad.

I don't normally load the Skype Home window anyways, and there is an easy way to opt out. It's just you (the user) support the app (Skype) with an extra 5 seconds or loading and looking at something.
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skype is free software.

theyve got to bring in money somehow.
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Thankfully, Skype’s approach to ubiquitous ads in the desktop app isn’t entirely noxious: there’ll be a “hide ad” button for users fed up with seeing ads on a daily basis.
Even if this wasn't in it I'd be fine though, my skype just sits in my taskbar unless I get called, I wouldn't notice it anyway.
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skype is free software.

theyve got to bring in money somehow.
This is true, I mean after all, they did give us Skype, so we owe em that...

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Meh, who cares..

The ad comes up, you click it off and continue using the program as usual.

Did you honestly expect them to continue offering this service for free given their user-base without ads? It's a small sacrifice to make in order to enjoy Skype's brilliant functions.
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This has to be in an update so you can probably avoid all of this ad nonsense by toggling the setting to stop Skype from auto-updating.
    
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Pretty greedy imo.
How so? The servers that they use for Skype, a long with program development are not free.
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This has to be in an update so you can probably avoid all of this ad nonsense by toggling the setting to stop Skype from auto-updating.
You can disable the ad, there's no reason to keep Skype on an older version.
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You can buy a number from skype so you can receive landline calls and use minutes. But if you don't use your minutes after a certain time period they would take your money anyway. they did it to me once. Maybe now they can afford not to steal from people.
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Its unreasonable to complain about this, there are currently 23mil people on skype, how do people expect them to pay for that many servers without ads or a fee?
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