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Skype, now with adware
Seb7




msg:4502198
 12:56 am on Oct 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

I've just reinstalled skype, and now, when I open a browser (Chrome, IE or FF), another tab randomly appears 'Skype. Great special offers'.

Skype has just dropped a few notches of respect.

 

Innovate




msg:4502231
 2:49 am on Oct 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Oh goodness, I hope not.

graeme_p




msg:4506756
 6:05 am on Oct 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

MS just spent a lot of money buying it, so someone at MS has to justify the cost by producing a return on the investment.

Seb7




msg:4506786
 7:18 am on Oct 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

Yep, but some surprise page isn't going to get a lot of people spending money with Skype. but will get a percentage of people looking for Skype alternatives. Based on my experience, the conversation rate would probably earn them $1 per 250,000 annoying pages.

If I was marketing Skype, I would be trying to increase the user base, try make and sell it as the only phone that people need. Sell a home phone replacement, that easily connects to a Skype account once plugged in to the Internet. - if there's isn't one already.

If users are then not using other phones, they would be a lot more willing to part with cash for Skype.

J_RaD




msg:4507124
 11:28 pm on Oct 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

did you do the quick and dirty install or did you choose "custom" ? and tell it to only install skype.

these days every installer should be ran as "custom"

Seb7




msg:4507209
 6:36 am on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

I always do a custom install - a habit of mine.

J_RaD




msg:4507507
 4:24 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

its a good habit to have.

ken_b




msg:4507511
 4:45 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

I don't use it, so how much does Skype cost to buy and use?

J_RaD




msg:4507647
 11:14 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

free to use, i mainly just use the IM part. You can get a 10 digit phone number (or not) and purchase skype credits and its pretty cheap.

[skype.com...]

rate chart here.

Seb7




msg:4507666
 1:29 am on Oct 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

Our kids use it the most to video chat with their friends. It is free, unless you want to be able to call real phone numbers. And it used to be very secure method of communicating, but I think the government recently and quietly got skype/Microsoft to start keeping call logs.

J_RaD




msg:4507755
 3:24 pm on Oct 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

^ dig for that.

because MS unlike other people doesn't do such things and not make it public knowledge.

graeme_p




msg:4508369
 7:06 am on Oct 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Skype, though owned by MS, is still an EU (Luxembourg) company so is legally required to keep call logs for at least six months (the law in Luxembourg may require more). This is the same (EU) law that requires ISPs, telecoms companies and other service providers to keep web browsing, email, IM, SMS etc. logs for the same period.

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