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Microsoft Kills Skype For Asterisk 271

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Avalon73 writes "I've been using Skype for Asterisk (Digium's native Skype client for their PBX software) since it was in beta 2 years ago. Today, I received an email from Digium stating that Skype (read: Microsoft) has decided to end the agreement that made the integration possible, and Digium will stop selling the module on July 26th. Support for us existing users will be there for the next 2 years, with Skype's option to renew at that time, but I'll believe that when I see it. So much for Microsoft's promise not to screw over the existing Skype user base."
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Microsoft Kills Skype For Asterisk

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  • by halsneb (2195802) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @05:19PM (#36232660)
    The Microsoft/Skype deal is nowhere near completion, and Microsoft currently has no say in how Skype runs their business. Also the negotiations on this software were most likely ongoing long before the Microsoft/Skype merger was announced, and most likely a business decisions based on profit margins and longevity. I can't help but wonder why people are so quick to blame Microsoft for issues that they could not possible be responsible for.
  • by chemosh6969 (632048) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @05:32PM (#36232806)
    It's always easy to blame Microsoft for something, whether or not they have anything to do with it. Same with opposing political parties :)
  • by Kalriath (849904) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @05:39PM (#36232898)

    Considering just how much existing VoIP crap (including Microsoft's) runs over SIP, has anyone considered that it's possible that Skype simply decided to kill off the third party hack and focus on building native SIP connectivity? It would certainly jibe with their sudden desire to look more appealing to business users, with the ability to plug into virtually any IP-PBX solution in existence (and let's be honest, in the corporate world no-one runs Asterisk).

    Funny, if Google had bought Skype and this same thing had happened, people would all be describing it as I just did. But hey, don't let rational thought get in the way of your hate-fest.

  • by ZamesC (611197) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @05:39PM (#36232900)
    how refusing NEW activations is screwing over EXISTING customers?
  • by Hultis (1969080) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @05:39PM (#36232904)
    Is anyone surprised? Microsoft has a long history [wikipedia.org] of bad ideas [wikipedia.org] and costly projects [wikipedia.org] met with very bad reviews [wikipedia.org]. However, they usually keep pumping money [wikipedia.org] into them [wikipedia.org] until they are successful. If that doesn't work they just use their monopoly [wikipedia.org] to make sure people use their software anyway^W^W^W^W^W^W^W^W in an attempt to make people use their software [wikipedia.org].
  • by man_of_mr_e (217855) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @05:46PM (#36233002)

    More than likely, this is just a cost saving measure by Skype to improve the books for the merger. Microsoft would have no say in such a minor thing at this point. The deal still has to go through FTC approval before Microsoft has any control over operations.

    It makes no sense why Microsoft would even care at this point. In fact, from Microsoft's perspective, the more money skype loses the better, as it drives the price down. Skype itself is the only one that would micro-manage this at this point.

  • by ThePiMan2003 (676665) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @05:50PM (#36233064)

    which is a life time in terms of technology

    A lifetime in terms of computer technology. In terms of phone technology, where you might install a phone system and not really touch it for 10 years... 2 years is very short.

  • by Wonko the Sane (25252) * on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @06:22PM (#36233346) Journal

    You don't mess with the SEC.

    You and I don't mess with the SEC. Large financial institutions and significant corporate donors to political campaigns do whatever the fuck they want.

  • Or (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dcnjoe60 (682885) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @06:32PM (#36233454)

    More than likely, this is just a cost saving measure by Skype to improve the books for the merger. Microsoft would have no say in such a minor thing at this point. The deal still has to go through FTC approval before Microsoft has any control over operations.

    It makes no sense why Microsoft would even care at this point. In fact, from Microsoft's perspective, the more money skype loses the better, as it drives the price down. Skype itself is the only one that would micro-manage this at this point.

    Or Skype knows that Microsoft wants these skype clients dropped and one explanation for paying so much over market price for skype could be that part of the "deal" is that Skype drops support for what Microsoft doesn't want before the purchase. That way, Microsoft can honestly say they didn't drop support for Asterisk or Linux or whatever. Happens all the time in mergers and acquisitions: "We really would like to purchase our company, but the operations in xyz create a real problem for us." Next thing you know, there aren't any operations in xyz.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @06:53PM (#36233670)
    The deal hasn't even been approved by the FTC yet you somehow think MS is already in control of their business operations?! Sounds like an MS-bashing exercise based on nothing.
  • Re:Or (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jvillain (546827) on Tuesday May 24, 2011 @08:20PM (#36234468)

    Microsoft paid over market value because most of that big pile of cash they are sitting on was made out side of the US and they can't bring it into the US without paying taxes on it. That is why the calls for bigger dividends are being ignored.

    So the game plan is to buy some thing out side of the US that may boost the value of some thing with in the US. That way they can avoid paying taxes. There aren't that many large companies that fit the bill. Skype based in Switzerland fits the bill nicely.

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