Google, Microsoft fight over standards to rival Apple's FaceTime



  • Reply 41 of 45
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,594member

    I seem to recall that when Jobs said they would open source facetime, it was complete news to the programmers.  For the reasons described in  the article, it wasn't really possible.  

  • Reply 42 of 45
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,503member


    Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post

    I agree. To simplify things Apple should just open up Facetime and offer it as a standard. Problem solved


    Nope. Reason is simple: They'll study Facetime and augment it differently than intended, produce a modified version for each product end and thus continue with a fractured space. Reason: Profit.

  • Reply 43 of 45
    toruktoruk Posts: 38member
    dmarcoot wrote: »
    When they introduced FaceTime Jobs said they were going to let other phones use the standard as they wanted it to be everywhere. What happened?
    There were rumours that Apple was talking with Skype about adopting FaceTime but Skype later announced it had no interest. There were also rumours that Facebook was considering acquiring Skype. This could explain Microsoft's acquisition as strategic.
  • Reply 44 of 45

    What bothers me immensely is that Apple doesn't even provide interoperability between iChat and FaceTime. iPhone 3GS doesn't have FaceTime (not even a pared-down version of it).


    The first thing Apple should do is make ALL its devices interoperable. The entire OSX + iOS scene is a good start to gain some critical mass.


    The current fragmented iChat + Facetime scene isn't

  • Reply 45 of 45
    enatureenature Posts: 77member

    The key point is that FaceTime is not as reliable as Skype. In fact, FaceTime works intermittently. One can never be absolutely sure that the other side actually receives a FaceTime call. 

    Ironically, most things that Apple have offered in the last few years that involve Apple servers or syncing are subpar or downright inadequate: iDisk, iMessage, Ping, iCloud, FaceTime. 

    Can Apple get its act together and beat its competitors in these areas? 

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