Originally Posted by Firefly7475
It doesn't kill FaceTime, but it does have the potential to kill the dream of FaceTime being the ubiquitous video-chat platform some people thought it would be.
This dream or reality has changed in the last 24 hours. FaceTime is still only on Apple’s OSes and Skype is still on pretty much all OSes. Until FaceTime is opened up to all there is no chance for it be ubiquitous.
However, now I can't see it ever becoming the dominant video-chat platform outside of Apple.
Because MS bought Skype you think it will somehow crush FaceTime or you think that FaceTime can’t ever be released to the open source community. It’s already on Windows and Linux and android and iOS and Mac OS and many other OSes. Putting it on Xbox isn’t going to make any dent and surely won’t change a user’s preferred VoIP service on any other device type.
The last hope for FaceTime to be adopted outside of Apple-to-Apple communications will be dashed if the Facebook/Skype rumor plays out.
Explain that, but first explain why Skype on Facebook wasn’t possible yesterday but now it will kill FaceTime on iDevices.
The next question to ask is "does any of this matter to Apple"... and I don't think it does.
Apple invested in FaceTime to some extent and Jobs clearly stated they were going to submit it to open standards body the following day. Whether they did that or not is up for debate but the implication was clear.
If they want to continue to nail Apple-to-Apple communications they have FaceTime. If they want to communicate with other devices they can choose to license Skype
So you’re claiming that 1) Apple can’t make FaceTime open and free for all, 2) will have to license Skype from MS if they want devices to talk to each other over VoIP simply because MS bought the most well known and ubiquitous VoIP service in world? Do you not see how ridiculous that sounds.
The only thing that has changed since yesterday is MS spent a lot of money which will affect its earnings while others just made a lot of money selling the Brooklyn Bridge to MS.
Here is Skype for iOS: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skype/id304878510?mt=8
Here is Skype for Mac: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-...mputer/macosx/
If they integrate it into Facebook.com then it’s still available to Mac users.
Again, why is FaceTime in any different position than it was yesterday against Skype? Why is it now impossible for Apple to release FaceTime? Why would a free and open FaceTime be less effective than an expensive licensing deal from yesterday?