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Microsoft bringing more ads to Skype

Microsoft has announced that it will be increasing the number of ads that free users of Skype see while making web calls.

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toaster2595d ago (Edited 2594d ago )

Excuse my language, but what the f*** Microsoft? Why is it that every single thing they touch turns into a piece of shit bloatware. They take something good and say "Hey, fuck everything good about this, f*** the consumers, lets just see how much we can fuck this shit up."


Mods, feel free to censor me :3

Speed-Racer2595d ago

I hope Google makes their talk app for accessible because I am going to switch as soon as I get the chance. I basically moved away from Windows Messenger to Skype, only for them to come and screw things up. I just pray they actually do something good with it like how Windows 7 was successful.

mcstorm2595d ago

O well ill get over it. Im sure MS will make Skype bigger than it is now.

hazelamy2594d ago

given ms's history, their claim about the ads being unintrusive ring a little hollow.

not that i care, never used skype, and had no plans to, even less likely to with this news.

Aussiegamer2594d ago

I think your being a little ignorant. Skype is a fantastic program, the IM works well, voice chat works well and video calls work well. I made the switch last year from msn and never looked back. It will be interesting to see how M$ integrate it will all their other services, although no one wants to see more adds I think it will be interesting to see what they can do with the program itself.

All I say is give skype a chance it is actually a great business and personnel tool.

Speed-Racer2594d ago

Ya indeed. Most of my business takes place thanks to Skpye. The chat sometimes hangs a bit but otherwise, video conferencing is great, works great for podcasting and well I am pretty much transformed to skype now vs MSN Messenger.

hazelamy2594d ago

i wasn't having a go at skype, i don't really use any of these voip things anyway so skype isn't being singled out.
if i was going to use one, i probably would have tried skype, i know people who use it.

but ms have a history of running their acquisitions into the ground, and with this announcement less than 24 hours after the buyout, well, you can see where this is going to go can't you?

just look at the xbox dashboard and tell me you think ms know what unintrusive advertising actually means.

don't get me wrong, i'm a fan of the ad supported free to use model, but some companies push the ratio of content, or use, to ads way too far in favour of ads.

GrumpyVeteran2594d ago

I've heard bad things about the xbox dashboard and the ads, I don't have an xbox 360 though so I've never seen. Can you show me any pics of the situation?

Legion2594d ago (Edited 2594d ago )


Here is a link to a video that showed the Old vs New dashboard for Xbox 360.

I have no idea why anyone would complain about any adds on the dashboard? The dashboard has simple sections for different areas... Music, Games, Video and then it has it's friends section, Community section and Inside Xbox section which has news and events and such. Each of these sections has links to different programs within the dashboard. Such as ESPN, Facebook, Netflix etc..

To say that the dashboard adds are intrusive is a mistake and makes me think they either have never owned an Xbox or just don't know what the word intrusive means? @hazelamy

As for MS running acquisitions into the ground? Ask Bungie how they got run into the ground???? Their biggest acquisition of 86-DOS from SCP allowed them to bring us the MS-DOS that revelutionized computing. Hotmail was another acquisition that they ran into the ground? It was nothing before Microsoft got it and changed the face in e-mail communication. Name me some high profile acquisitions that MS ran into the ground?

In case you haven't heard Skype was being hit hard by google and other Voip enterprise ventures. They were on the verge of not being able to be sustainable in a business venture. Microsoft is able to bring the financial resources and technical expertise to allow Skype to be more then just another old Voip program. Skype has so much technology that hasn't been properly utilized. I am hoping that Microsoft can take advantage of their knowledge and push Skype into a more profitable and influential marketing direction.

GrumpyVeteran2594d ago

Yeah I was slowly moving away from MSN and into Skype, but now the two are probably gonna be mashed together or something with ads shoved down our throats and other orifices.

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