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Morning Lineup – November 7

Wednesday Morning – Ready for Skype?

I'm probably not the only one who is starting a little late this morning after staying up longer than usual last night watching the election results.  There were quite a few surprises both ways, but in the end the American people voted for more of the same, so let's pick up where we left off and move on.

Scanning the morning headlines today I noticed a curious item in the Technology section.  I had forgotten that Microsoft had bought the Skype phone and messaging system this past Spring.  They laid out $8.5 billion with a "b" for the outfit and quietly went to work adapting it to their own desired path.  Yesterday Microsoft announced that within the next four months they will be retiring the Windows Live Messenger instant communications program and will be switching all of their clients over to the new, consolidated Skype service.  Win Live Messenger is not only an instant-messaging system, but a video meeting program also.

It will be interesting to see what they have planned for it because the Win Live system is stable and nothing to complain about.  TG Daily tells us:  "By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends," says Skype president Tony Bates in a blog post.

"This effort started with the release of Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows a few weeks ago, which allows you to sign into Skype using a Microsoft account. Now Messenger users just need to update to the latest version of Skype, sign in using a Microsoft account, and their Messenger contacts will be there."

He promises broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets, along with instant messaging, screen sharing, the ability to call landlines and video calling, including group calls.

My first response to this is the question of whether the IM and video meeting service will remain free, or will they be charging for the service by lumping it in with the Skype telephony system?  Just what we need …… still another password to memorize.

The password for this morning is "equipmentcheck," so let's get started on that while I get going on coffeecheck.  See you back in the day room.

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