Toronto Mike

Something Microsoft Hasn't Screwed Up Yet


I always naturally gravitate away from Microsoft applications.  I'm writing this entry on a desktop running Ubuntu, I edit .docx files in LibreOffice and I haven't used IE in about a decade.  But there is one Microsoft software application I do use daily, and I think it's great.

Admittedly, I was late to the Skype party.  I've only been using it for about six months, but it's a key part of my working day.  Skype works great in Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, as well as my Android phone.  I just got off a Skype call with a gentleman in Germany and it was as clear as a bell, and absolutely free of charge.  I love Skype, and Skype is owned by Microsoft.


Skype was only acquired by Microsoft in 2011, so there's plenty of time for them to mess with a good thing, but so far they haven't.  But when I can make a clear and reliable Skype call to my buddy Frank in California without paying a dime, and Rogers wants 40¢ a minute to make the call from my phone, the choice isn't really a choice at all.

Skype wins.  Do you use it?

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