...Skype does NOT need to be Snapchat
Obviously, Microsoft thinks it does. Microsoft is being left behind by the world of social media. So Microsoft wants to use Skype the same way they used Zune --- an attempt to play catch-up with the market leaders.
... That's the whole point....
Well, if "that's the whole point," why don't I see significant mention of it? Or is security, yet again, little more than an add-on afterthought?
You're contrasting two dictionaries with the same philosophy when it comes to definitions.
In my experience, they are different, as I described.
...There is no "correct" meaning of a word or usage...
Never said there was.
...The purpose of the dictionary has always been to record how language is being used...
Not all dictionaries have the same philosophy when it comes to definitions. I prefer the Random House Unabridged dictionary from about 20 years ago, instead of a Merriam Webster dictionary from the same time period. The reason for my preference is simple, the Random House Unabridged was a very conservative dictionary. It did not accept and document just any spelling or usage of a word. It prescribed correct usage. While the Merriam-Webster dictionary was a lot quicker to document and accept new spellings and usages. It described the more current usage.
I still use the Random House Unabridged dictionary. Disk capacity has increased enough since the 90's that I now can easily fit the entire CD-ROM image of the dictionary with all its 350,000 words and all of the spoken pronunciations on my hard drive (actually a SSD).
I use Urban Dictionary to keep me up to date on the more current words. But for the day in, day out, definitions, I still go to the more conservative Randon House Unabridged.
...And they want it to be free and accessible for everybody.
The mega-corporations already control all the on ramps. Of course, if Mozilla intends to rewire every household in the United States, then they might have a chance of hitting their goal.
...Windows 7 is old, just not obsolete....
In spite of your failed attempt to justify the article, I still note that you've still not, and neither has the article, pointed to an underlying cause for Windows 7 being considered "insecure" in this instance. I still am of the opinion that there was another cause that allowed the break-in, one that is too embarrassing to reveal.
Old programmers never die, they just hit account block limit.