Skype’s Mac client has had a rough time of it since the most recent full version rolled out, although the company is working hard to win back the good will they lost by making it more like the Windows version. Case in point: Monday’s 5.3 update, which brings OS X Lion support as well as HD video calls.
Well, that was fast! On Monday night, Skype finally released their long-awaited native iPad app, only to “temporarily” remove it from the App Store almost as quickly as it appeared, “to ensure your best Skype experience.” Were you one of the lucky ones to grab it?
The week is truly and really at an end and no, kids, there was nary a Lion to be seen. So chalk up another bad call for the rumor mill. Will people remember this the next time they cry "wolf in Lion's clothing"? Will they nothing. We're creatures who crave novelty and anticipation and nothing we do will ever cure the rumor addiction. And so just in case you weren't by your computer's side 24/7 waiting for the biggest cat of all to go live, here's a few stories you might just have missed.
The video chatting sphere is really heating up online. In roughly the same week, Facebook announced their partnership with Skype and Google rolled out Hangout in their Google+. FaceTime for Mac hit the Mac App Store not too long ago and is set to get much bigger with Lion. Meanwhile, old hand Skype was bought by Microsoft just this year. Clearly, everyone's investing in video in a big way.
Holiday weeks tend to be slow just about everywhere, and news tends to creep a bit around this time. (If Apple had gone and released the iPhone 5 on the old summer schedule, we'd all still be talking about it, but we'll save that for autumn.) Which is not to say there weren't things that went over pretty big this week, as soon you'll see, since obviously you missed it.
After teasing an “awesome” announcement at the company’s Palto Alto headquarters for Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the cafeteria stage in a live-streamed event to toss out plenty of facts and figures about social networking as he slowly led up to the main event: Skype-powered video calling and Group Chat.
As you’ve no doubt heard, Microsoft has snapped up popular VoIP developer Skype for a whopping $8.5 billion. If you’re not too fond of your favorite video chat software now being in the hands of the Borg, you’ll be happy to know there are other choices available.
If you were Microsoft, how would you spend $8.5 billion to acquire another company? Apparently, the house that Gates built figures a VoIP outfit like Skype makes sense, as the two companies announced the acquisition on Tuesday morning.