* Posts by nymike

4 posts • joined 5 Feb 2014

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

nymike

Re: I face a dilemma.

Try Hangouts

nymike

Re: Market research

They probably heard it. But this is about market segmentation. The staid business world is not a good income source. They want to use Skype for free communication, and they don't consume advertising, or at least their employer won't let them spend corporate money on advertised styuff. So, better to go after consumers.

I've seen this over and over, when professional apps get dumbed down, from Final Cut Pro, to a variety of other pro apps - in a nutshell, there are not that many users. better to have features focused on consumers that pay more, and are susceptible to marketing.

That's the consumerization of tech, that's how the iPhone also ate BlackBerry. And it's not always a bad thing, if it brings more money for increased development spending etc. (People preferred the iPhone over BB because it was better!) But, you have to do the consumerization right. Apple 1,Microsoft 0.

nymike

Try Hangouts instead!

I've more recently taken a liking to Hangouts - it has good audio and video quality, and is closer to what Skype used to be.

Verizon: Us throttling AWS and Netflix? Not likely

nymike
WTF?

Questioning Verizon's net neutrality?

I have been a Verizon FiOS user for over 5 years, and have been using Phone Power for 4 of those. Up to now, call quality was mostly very good, but over the past 10 days my voice call quality has become practically unusable.

Is this attributable to recent rulings re: net neutrality, and actions that Verizon may have been taking as a consequence? I don't know. On the one hand it would strike me as unnaturally counterproductive to immediately show the entire country what loss of net neutrality means and sparking regulatory and/or legislative action, on the other hand nothing surprises me any more...

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