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…
You 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?