Jun 14, 2012
Microsoft includes Ads in Skype! Woo hoo!
Ars Technica has this story on the wonderful new feature in Skype:
Ars Technica: Skype calls to feature ads big enough to interrupt any conversation
So here is the long and short of it, on any Windows Skype to Skype audio calls (Windows client), an image ad will appear along with your picture. To quote the Skype blog, "think of Conversation Ads as a way for Skype to generate fun interactivity". That is how I think of all ads in my private calls, fun interactivity. lol. They also stated that the ads will have no affect on call quality. We will have to see if this claim remains true.
Did any of these geniuses ever use Skype? After I start an audio call, I never look at the interface. In fact, Skype is usually running in the background. I could see them sticking ads into the video chats, but audio calls? Seems pretty silly. Heck ads in a phone calls seems like a really bad idea.
Maybe Microsoft can make Skype Windows only! That would be really awesome! lol. Expect a lot of competing Skype like startups very soon. And, if Microsoft keeps adding "fun interactivity" to Skype, expect it to be replaced by something better in a year or two. It amazing how badly large companies can mismanage great products.