Microsoft could charge for some business Skype features

With Microsoft now the new owners of Skype, you might expect some changes at the popular Internet phone service. According to ZDNet, some recent comments made by one of Microsoft's top executives give some clues as to how the company plans to earn back the $8.5 billion it spent on purchasing Skype.

During an investor event in London earlier this week, Charles Songhurst, the General Manager for Corporate Strategy at Microsoft, was asked specifically about the Skype business and Microsoft's plans for it. Songhurst compared Skype's business model to that of email where basic services have always been free. He stated, " ... you look at Hotmail and its competitors like Yahoo and Gmail, and then you look at the business side of e-mail. You look at Outlook and you look at its competitors. That’s always been a very good and very profitable business for Microsoft." As far as Skype, Songhurst said, "It’s a product that is free, and it’s likely to stay free."

However, businesses who want to use more advanced and specific features may have to pay up. He said, "In the enterprise you’ve got a very compelling opportunity around archiving and authentication. There’s a stat that’s approximately 29 percent of Fortune 500 employees use Skype without it being installed from their CIO. So, if you think about giving the CIO the ability to archive those conversations, to authenticate them, to have the same controls over that conversation that they do over their e-mail, that the employees have, you’d have a very compelling proposition."

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pff .. im not using this bloat skype anymore.. trillian supports the skype protocol fully and i dont need to run skype in the background any more


skype 100k memory
trillian 10k memory

what a joke skype is...

i do hope they plan a full ui revamp too cause the current design is simply unbearable for anyone who actually got eyes. I mean the Win version of course, the Mac Skype looks a lot more better. I hope metro will come soon. Do it MS!!!

Anyways, i'd really welcome a connector for outlook and live/messenger integration. And of course please release the wp app already.

Morden said,
i do hope they plan a full ui revamp too cause the current design is simply unbearable for anyone who actually got eyes. I mean the Win version of course, the Mac Skype looks a lot more better. I hope metro will come soon. Do it MS!!!

Anyways, i'd really welcome a connector for outlook and live/messenger integration. And of course please release the wp app already.

I think there's no WP app yet because they're going to add it directly into the OS, in the People Hub, like they have with FB and Twitter etc. So then when you bring up a contact, right now you have the option to call, text, (sms or chat on FB/WLM) or email. I expect in the future you'll see the option to Skype in there etc.

Morden said,
i do hope they plan a full ui revamp too cause the current design is simply unbearable for anyone who actually got eyes. I mean the Win version of course, the Mac Skype looks a lot more better. I hope metro will come soon. Do it MS!!!

Anyways, i'd really welcome a connector for outlook and live/messenger integration. And of course please release the wp app already.

Would love to see a MAC gui on the Windows version! MAC version of skype look so much cleaner! Windows there is just too much!

GP007 said,

I think there's no WP app yet because they're going to add it directly into the OS, in the People Hub, like they have with FB and Twitter etc. So then when you bring up a contact, right now you have the option to call, text, (sms or chat on FB/WLM) or email. I expect in the future you'll see the option to Skype in there etc.

Thats right but until that happens an app would be really welcome...

Pamela already allows you to record calls, but I guess for businesses it would be far better for security for it to be built in and integrated well.

Skype has so much potential, could overtake facebook in terms of social sharing one day. If they add more sort of social things, something like google+ would be nice.

Gaffney said,
Pamela already allows you to record calls, but I guess for businesses it would be far better for security for it to be built in and integrated well.

Skype has so much potential, could overtake facebook in terms of social sharing one day. If they add more sort of social things, something like google+ would be nice.


I will eat my shoe if Skype overtakes Facebook. Skype's interface fugly and the functionality is not intuitive right now imo.

De.Bug said,

I will eat my shoe if Skype overtakes Facebook. Skype's interface fugly and the functionality is not intuitive right now imo.

It's the only program my parents know how to use.

It will not overtake Facebook. It's an application. And I think Microsoft would rather stick to Facebook integration than Google+ integration anyway.

Anooxy said,

It's the only program my parents know how to use.

and there you go! i know more people use facebook cause its easy simple and plain (well in the start), i think skype in a work place would be great! Also i could see skype getting access to Windows Server AD.