Long ago, Skype was the undisputed king of voice and video communication across the internet, but with the rise of competing services from Facebook, Discord, and others, those times are gone.
Recently, Skype chased Snapchat with a much-derided redesign that focused on Snapchat-like disappearing messages. While Instagram has been extremely successful in appropriating the feature, Skype's attempts were catastrophic, and simply served to overcomplicate and undermine the app's core feature set. Skype responded by literally taking the app back to the drawing board, and prioritizing things users want, instead of things they think users might want. But with competing services growing day by day, the time of Skype's reign could be coming to an end.
There's a discussion taking place in our forums about this very topic, asking whether blame lies on Microsoft for the way Skype has been handled in recent years.
I think certainly some of the blame has to rest on Microsoft here. The company spent years needlessly attempting to integrate the service in places it wasn't wanted, nor needed, while developing a litany of half-baked versions for different platforms. The ill-fated Windows 8 version was abandoned far before completion, and now the Windows 10 UWP version is dead too, replaced with an all-new version with missing features. Microsoft's "one step forwards, one step backwards" approach to Skype has let smaller, more focused teams like Discord step in and innovate, rising to dominating positions that are already chomping into Skype's user base.
How do you feel about Skype? Jump in the forum thread above and let us know.
HP updates Reverb G2 ahead of launch, preorders start shipping in November
HP is finally nearly ready to start shipping its new Reverb G2 Windows Mixed Reality headset. Those who have already preordered the $600 headset should see them arrive in November, while anyone preordering after September 24 will see headsets arrive in December.
The 300Hz display on the Razer Blade 15 is way ahead of its time
Our favorite gaming laptop now has a 300Hz display option and it's smoother than your eyes can really see.
Microsoft aims to compete with PS5 in Japan with Xbox Series S price drop
Microsoft is cutting the cost of the PS5 in Japan to better position the console as a cheaper alternative to the PS5. The price drop was announced during the company's first appearance at the Tokyo Game Show in six years.
Best Skins and Cases for Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 in 2020
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is one of the best convertible laptops on the market, but what type of skin or case should you get for it? Here's what we think.