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Skype, now with adware

     
12:56 am on Oct 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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

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Oh goodness, I hope not.
6:05 am on Oct 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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

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

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

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I always do a custom install - a habit of mine.
4:24 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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its a good habit to have.
4:45 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I don't use it, so how much does Skype cost to buy and use?
11:14 pm on Oct 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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.
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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.
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^ dig for that.

because MS unlike other people doesn't do such things and not make it public knowledge.
7:06 am on Oct 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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.