06-19-2014 10:45 PM
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  1. Tahiti Bob's Avatar
    That's really something I don't understand. Skype exists on Windows Phone, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows, Mac, Linux, it's on phone, mobile, tablet, Smart TV, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, Kindle Fire, on the web via Outlook, Windows Live Messenger users were moved to Skype, GroupMe works over sms, they offer text messaging, video messaging, group messaging, this is pretty huge.
    Yet whenever you see a messaging article or discussion, Skype is just barely mentioned, sort of not relevant. It's WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, BBM, Hangouts, iMessage (even though it's not cross platform) that steal the headlines.
    This is one thing you can't blame on the WP small userbase, this is an issue with Microsoft, they are definitely doing something wrong. I'd like Daniel or Jay to come and explain why they had to use Hangouts to make a podcast about Windows. Most video podcasts out there have moved from Skype to Hangouts. None of my friends use Skype for messaging, they only use it when they need to make a free call abroad. They pretty much all use WhatsApp and a fair chunk use FB messenger. Why isn't Skype built in a way that you would think "OK I'm going to use that service now".
    This reminds me of when Microsoft had something very special with Zune Pass but didn't seem to know what to do with it. Today in conversations it's all about Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, even the newcomer Beats Music gets more hype than Xbox Music! Where did it go wrong for streaming? And where is it going wrong for messaging now?

    PS: I will duplicate that post on The Verge as I'm curious to see what people not invested in MS think.
    06-06-2014 04:18 AM
  2. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Those are all very good questions.

    One thought is that when Skype came out it was to replace other PC based messaging services and I think that's how people still view it. Add in a track record that isn't that flash and you get people avoiding it except to use it for video chatting. I'm also guessing that it's not like Whatsapp where it uses contact numbers to create contacts.

    Whatsapp came out on mobile and has always been mobile. People seem to believe it's 'easier' to use. Same goes for the other messaging systems. So not entirely sure why Skype is bypassed the way it is.

    As for GroupMe I've never even heard of it or used it. That should tell you something.
    06-06-2014 06:39 AM
  3. Michael Brooks5's Avatar
    I hope you post the link to the Verge forum with your thread on here as it will be interesting to read other people's perspectives. I am pretty confused as to why people still don't use it.

    My partner has troubles with her phone when ringing people and I keep saying to her that she can sign into Skype on my phone and speak to them, but she insists that Skype is rubbish now. She used to use it a lot when talking to her family, but now she prefers using Viber because you can send strange images and when recording your voice, you can make it higher or lower pitch.

    I feel that this is just a passing fad and will be gone soon when something else comes up.
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    06-06-2014 06:49 AM
  4. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Here's a crackpot theory that isn't too far off.

    People don't like Microsoft.
    Microsoft owns Skype.
    Some of Microsoft's bad rep rubbed off on Skype.
    06-06-2014 06:50 AM
  5. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Maybe it's just that Skype isn't perceived as "cool" anymore. Who knows?

    E-mail used to be the hottest thing in tech, after all.
    06-06-2014 06:51 AM
  6. Ali Assaedi's Avatar
    the main reason is, Skype is pretty heavy on all platforms.. including windows desktop.. and its just horrifying on WP8.. try messaging with that thing for more than ten mins( go back and forth between is and other apps while at it)... fun times
    06-06-2014 07:10 AM
  7. Tahiti Bob's Avatar
    the main reason is, Skype is pretty heavy on all platforms.. including windows desktop.. and its just horrifying on WP8.. try messaging with that thing for more than ten mins( go back and forth between is and other apps while at it)... fun times
    Well that's my point. How can Microsoft mess up a service that has enough potential to be as big if not more than the others? It's like they have no clue.
    tgp likes this.
    06-06-2014 07:26 AM
  8. theefman's Avatar
    It's like they have no clue.
    Bingo!
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    06-06-2014 07:29 AM
  9. Letros's Avatar
    Skype integrated into messenger is a highly requested feature on the Skype forums, they said it requires an OS update, I guess MS doesn't really think it's a good idea despite killing messenger integration.
    06-06-2014 07:29 AM
  10. fatclue_98's Avatar
    So if MS owned MySpace would they own social media? Not!! Skype is seen as a PC platform for families to talk with their kids deployed overseas. At least that's how it's shown in the media.
    06-06-2014 11:14 AM
  11. michail71's Avatar
    My kids use Skype on their computers and Android phones as their primary form if communication.

    If I have to reach my son I'll use Skype as I know he'll get it right away as it isn't device dependant.
    06-06-2014 11:19 AM
  12. deansmilk's Avatar
    I'm surprised many people use messaging apps in general. In my case I just us the native messaging app on my phone with contacts that matter, and vice versa. Anybody else is usually Facebook. Facebook, because that's pretty much the internet social standard for the occasional check in. Skype as far I know has never been considered a popular messaging platform to begin with. With the exception for video connectivity, and for me that's not used very often because there isn't a need to. So, based on my experiences I am just not that invested in Skype or any other messaging platform, but the occasional Facebook messaging and my native phone messaging. I assume MS does their research and realizes that the effort might not be worth it at this point, because of Facebook and other flavor of the months. On top of use case scenarios like myself, which is more than Whatsapp users ( I assume ). Now, on the other hand MS also dropped the ball at making Skype the go to for those without messaging in their data plans. There is alot of potential. I kind of wish they would make it a social hybrid ( video conferencing, messaging, snapchatish,etc ) and YouTube/streaming competitor. Just have it as a super service. Intelligently designed of course... Meh, I'm rambling.
    06-06-2014 12:07 PM
  13. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I don't understand the need for a messaging app. Most plans nowadays have all-you-can-eat voice & messaging. Unless I've been living under a rock, all phones have native SMS/MMS services. I only use Viber to send picture messaging to those on my contact list who haven't figured out how to allow their iDevices to accept MMS from the non-worthy.
    06-06-2014 01:51 PM
  14. Tahiti Bob's Avatar
    I don't understand the need for a messaging app. Most plans nowadays have all-you-can-eat voice & messaging. Unless I've been living under a rock, all phones have native SMS/MMS services. I only use Viber to send picture messaging to those on my contact list who haven't figured out how to allow their iDevices to accept MMS from the non-worthy.

    You do live under a rock, that's a question that's been answered countless times on this site. Short answer is it's great for media messaging, group messaging and most importantly it allows you to message people abroad.
    06-06-2014 02:19 PM
  15. deansmilk's Avatar
    You do live under a rock, that's a question that's been answered countless times on this site. Short answer is it's great for media messaging, group messaging and most importantly it allows you to message people abroad.

    I don't think he lives under a rock. Its just that him and his circle do what I do. We all have friends/family that have plans that allow us to message through sms/mms. Which eliminates any need for a messaging app between ourselves and our contacts. Theyre useless for people like us, and millions of others. Its a thing that doesn't make sense, considering you can group text, send pics, etc. without an additional app. With the only exception being Facebook ( occasionally with people not in my phones general contact list/don't talk to often ), and Skype for video chat.
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    06-06-2014 02:49 PM
  16. C LaBelle's Avatar
    Maybe because Skype sucks? It's slow and rarely has a good connection. I can never ever make a voice or video call without it dropping, freezing, or some other technical difficulty.
    06-06-2014 04:38 PM
  17. Jazmac's Avatar
    You know there is only one person doing everything at MS. Be patient.
    06-06-2014 04:50 PM
  18. d_abbatelli's Avatar
    I also would like to know what is going on with Skype. I even posted a similar topic few days ago: http://forums.windowscentral.com/sky...-do-skype.html

    It would be really nice if the people at WPCentral could get some insights on this matter...
    06-06-2014 05:16 PM
  19. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I would also like to point this out . When I was reading this article , they said that Skype on windows phone is a " work in progress " I thought this was interesting

    http://thismobilelife.com/2014/05/28...work-progress/




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    06-06-2014 08:12 PM
  20. tgp's Avatar
    I would also like to point this out . When I was reading this article , they said that Skype on windows phone is a " work in progress " I thought this was interesting

    Exclusive: Skype for Windows Phone a "work in progress" | This Mobile Life
    Typical word salad. He didn't really say anything helpful.
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    06-06-2014 09:13 PM
  21. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Typical word salad. He didn't really say anything helpful.
    Well he did say it was a work in progress ._.


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    06-06-2014 09:29 PM
  22. Ed Boland's Avatar
    I was just talking about Skype today... which is rare, as we hardly ever use it. My girlfriend was trying to show me the "video chat/live video" feature of Snapchat on her iPhone, which of course I had to explain to her that I couldn't participate because I'm on Windows Phone 8 and we don't have Snapchat, and '6Snap' doesn't have that feature yet.. "and besides.." I said to her, "why don't we just use Skype to video chat?"
    Then there was a long moment of silence...

    And she says "I use Facetime..." as she got up and walked away... :|
    06-06-2014 09:40 PM
  23. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I don't understand the need for a messaging app. Most plans nowadays have all-you-can-eat voice & messaging. Unless I've been living under a rock, all phones have native SMS/MMS services. I only use Viber to send picture messaging to those on my contact list who haven't figured out how to allow their iDevices to accept MMS from the non-worthy.
    International contacts are the reason for the IM apps. I chat with folks from Canada, UK, India, Australia. If I were to use SMS, I simply could not chat with those folks, since the costs would be ridiculous.
    06-06-2014 10:11 PM
  24. Kaushik Banerjee's Avatar
    International contacts are the reason for the IM apps. I chat with folks from Canada, UK, India, Australia. If I were to use SMS, I simply could not chat with those folks, since the costs would be ridiculous.

    Totallyy agreeddd...!!!!!
    Laura Knotek and latempete like this.
    06-06-2014 10:15 PM
  25. fatclue_98's Avatar
    International contacts are the reason for the IM apps. I chat with folks from Canada, UK, India, Australia. If I were to use SMS, I simply could not chat with those folks, since the costs would be ridiculous.
    Thank you Laura. I knew someone would step up and explain with a lucid response as opposed to a previous poster who thought it would be best to ridicule.
    06-06-2014 10:26 PM
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