Why did I upgrade my Skype today? I just wonder…


Today I upgraded my Skype to the latest version. I even installed the Skype plugin for my Safari browser. But I wonder why I did it…

ImageYou see, years ago I was a heavy user of Skype. It did wonders for me, made it easier for me to chat and talk with remote people. And it was free of charge. It became my home office phone. And it became my daily connection with customers, business partners, my children and grandchildren.

But something happened. I have not used it for almost a year. I do not remember what was the last time someone called me via Skype. Neither do I remember the last time I called someone via Skype. I do not even see people use their Skype name in their email signatures anymore.

What happened on my side is this:

I changed from a Windows to a Mac OS platform. I started to use handheld devices like iPhone and iPad. They come with FaceTime – free of charge!

And I got IBM Sametime Unified Telephony integrated with my IBM Notes client – so I can call anyone directly from my work space.

Besides – I had to pay money to Skype if I wanted to call mobile phones and some other phone numbers. Skype was not for free anymore. And the fact that there are far more users of handheld Apple devices than handheld Skype device users made my Skype account fall into a deep sleep.

So – that is why I will probably close down my Skype account one of these days. Because I simply do not use it any more. And neither do anyone else I know.

I will give it another week and see if the new Skype plugin for Safari will get my heart to beat again. But I honestly doubt it…

Dear reader: What is your experience and thoughts about this? Does Skype still play an important part of your life?  



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  1. I use it a lot – an “everyday tool” for me.
    Looks to me like “everybody” have, and use Skype, Norway, USA, India, Germany, Portugal.
    People in IBM, Microsoft, Finance, Family..
    And I use it on my PC, and Android phone…..

  2. Skype is the one app I always have open, no matter what I’m working on. I have an iPad, an Android phone, a MacBook Air, and a desktop running Ubuntu, so I’ve never gotten into FaceTime, because for it to be my go to option requires both that a device that can run FaceTime is more conveniently at hand than one that cannot, and knowing that the same is also true — at that precise moment — for whomever I’m trying to contact. So I’ve found that for the people I contact on a daily basis, Skype remains the instinctive way to connect, since neither party has to know anything about the other’s devices… if it has a pulse, so to speak, it can run Skype. And nearly everything in Skype is still free. I do pay them for an online number and unlimited domestic calling, but those charges combined are still less than I choose to pay Dropbox for expanded storage limits….. and not even close to what I used to pay a traditional phone service provider.

  3. I use it every day, as a small business we cant afford Sametime Unified Telephony or any stuff like that. Its a good product, yes I use mobile lots, but on mobile I use IMO that unifies all my methods of communication in to a single interface, try it (IMO.im), even have a client for Apple. For Mobile I use Traveler and Andy Chat (Sometime).

    Just as a matter of fact when you use Sametime Unified Telephony, the calls are not free IBM is paying for them, it just appears that they are free to you.

    May be you should try and think a little bit more like a SMB business rather than a massive corporate, it might help you get more wins and make more friends!!! (:>)

    • Yes, I know that IBM pays for the traffic outside IBM when I use Sametime Unified Telephony. But the great thing about SUT is that it is integrated everywhere in the workspace on my Mac, be it an email, an address book or the internal social collaboration tools like IBM Connections.

      Besides, IBM does not allow the use of Skype in job situations of security reasons.

      Privately, yes, I could still use Skype as it is functional and easy to use, but no one in my private network seems to use it…

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