Tuesday 10 May 2011

Skype to stop working any second now


As Microsoft announced a £5.2bn takeover of Internet call service Skype, its 600 million users admitted they were preparing themselves for it to stop working any minute now.

The move comes after Skype announced it was tired of having a solution that users actually like and that works pretty much as expected whenever it is called upon.

Skype user Michael Williams told us, “I’ve been using Skype for a few years now, so it’s a shame that I’ve become used to a completely free and entirely reliable service.”

“The good news is that any new Skype users that this announcement entices won’t have the halcyon pre-Microsoft days to look back at wistfully.”

“They won’t know anything different from the tear-inducing frustration that almost certainly awaits them.”

Skype to stop working

Technology analysts have said that although the move makes sense from Skype’s perspective, Microsoft may have bitten off more than they can chew.

James Matthews of tech analysts Aniston Jolie said, “It’s going to be a challenge putting their Microsoft stamp on the Skype business, certainly.”

“Making a phone call on the Internet has become one of the simplest activities you can undertake on line – so how will they be able to bring to bear their unique expertise in creating brain-achingly frustrating applications?”

“One thing we do know, if anyone can take something simple and make it essentially unusable, it’s Microsoft.”

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