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Re: No need for Skype anymore

Postby muttrudd » 2015-02-27 02:25

In my experience skype has lost its supremacy. My friends are divided between google, apple-something-other and skype -- skype more often for work. Since Hello doesn't require an account or software I can just email a link to friends. Very easy.
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Re: No need for Skype anymore

Postby JLloyd13 » 2015-02-27 04:19

muttrudd wrote:In my experience skype has lost its supremacy. My friends are divided between google, apple-something-other and skype -- skype more often for work. Since Hello doesn't require an account or software I can just email a link to friends. Very easy.


I wish it were that simple for me. People I know often want to set up whole skype group chats (IM mainly, not just video) for projects or teams/groups I'm in and it just really becomes a pain to be that one guy who says "NO" when everyone else is all set on one platform. I don't even mind using the occasional little bit of non-free software every now and then when the software actually works and is of decent quality, but skype is IMO a poorly functioning piece of crap. But MS owns it now, we should probably come to expect it.
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Re: No need for Skype anymore

Postby dotlj » 2015-02-28 01:04

I've been pleased to find that more people are using and looking for alternatives and WebRTC is growing fast.
Chrome using meet.jit.si and several other clients using all current browsers mean more competition, more choice.
Promotion of the others and encouraging their use will help a faster adoption.
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Re: No need for Skype anymore

Postby Bulkley » 2015-02-28 16:15

muttrudd wrote:I tried with iceweasel 31 and it works. No need to make an account or anything.


I have Iceweasel 31.5 (updated yesterday) but it still doesn't have the feature. Mozilla says it is rolling out Firefox Hello over many months. Does anyone know what the distribution sequence will be?
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Re: No need for Skype anymore

Postby dotlj » 2015-02-28 21:24

Firefox 36.0 has hello installed.
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Re: No need for Skype anymore

Postby Bulkley » 2015-02-28 22:45

dotlj wrote:Firefox 36.0 has hello installed.


Both of our Windows boxes have Firefox 36 with Hello. The one with Win 8.1 runs Hello properly. The one with Win 7 won't run Hello properly. I notice that this is still beta so there must be bugs to sort out. Still, Hello is the first hopeful development in this stuff for a long time. Maybe, just maybe it will enable users to bypass all the proprietary nonsense wherein every user has to use the same tool.
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Re: No need for Skype anymore

Postby levlaz » 2015-03-01 17:31

Wow this looks awesome, thanks so much for sharing!
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Re: No need for Skype anymore

Postby sgosnell » 2015-03-02 01:51

Nobody I know uses Skype any longer. We all use Google Hangouts. The quality is far superior, and you can conference up to 10 computers at once, with everyone hearing and seeing everyone else, all for free. Skype is a relic of the past. But I know there are many lost souls stuck in the mud of the past.
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