Well, here’s good news for our iOS and Mac OS X users! Yes, Steve Ballmer, has confirmed that the company will “continue to invest in Skype on non-Microsoft client platforms”. As you know, Microsoft has already bought Skype for the amount of $8.5 billion. Actually, the company has planned to implement Skype’s VoIP technology into its Windows Phone 7 platform, but the company has made the statement that they’ll support Skype on non-Windows platform.
Well, according to the MacWorld;
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today promised that the company would continue to develop and support Skype on rival platforms. We will continue to invest in Skype on non-Microsoft client platforms,” said Ballmer during a news conference announcing the company’s plan to buy chat and Internet phone software maker Skype for $8.5 billion.
Actually, in the present situation, Skype has clients on 6 different mobile / desktop operating system, hence, it’s a great relief that Microsoft has no such plans to abandon support for the non-Windows clients.
When Microsoft has declared the acquisition of Skype, iOS and Mac users became immediately concerned that Skype’s Apple-friendly apps would be abandoned.
But, here it’s important to note that Microsoft hasn’t neglected Apple’s platforms in the past.
“Ballmer was adamant that the new Microsoft Skype division would not ditch owners of iPhones, Android smartphones, Macs and more.”A, I said it and I meant it,” said Ballmer when a reporter asked for assurances that Skype would continue to be available for operating systems and devices not sold by Microsoft. “B, we’re one of the few companies with a track record of doing this,” he added, citing Microsoft’s work on Mac OS X, where it develops and sells a Mac-specific version of its Office suite.”
But, the real question is that “How will Microsoft change the Skype app?”, “Will it be renamed?”, “If yes, then what will be its new name?”
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