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And So Dies The *Ad-Free* Skype Experience... (At Least, On Windows)

All good things must come to an end, it seems... after 7 years of providing an end-user client that has been blissfully free of any kind of advertising, Skype has announced the beginning of advertising in the Skype client.

And for the very first time, this is one feature I am very glad is NOT yet available in the Mac client!

Here's what they say it will look like (image from Skype's blog):

Skype  The Big Blog  Advertising in Skype

Sure, in Skype's blog post, they have a whole bullet list of "details" about this new program, and do note this:

The ads won’t interrupt your Skype experience. You won’t suddenly see annoying pop-up ads or flashy banner ads in middle of conversations.

But still... we've been ad-free for 7 years of Skype usage.

I do realize that Skype is trying to add a great number of people, do an IPO, pay for their funky new office, etc. And I get that they can't necessarily pay for all that purely on the revenue from the small percentage of people who pay for actual services.

But still... we've been ad-free for 7 years of Skype usage.

And I do realize that the vast majority of users are getting the Skype service for free and so having advertising in the client should be a small price to pay for what is still a free service. (Full disclosure: I am a paying Skype customer.) And I do realize that pretty much every other desktop client in the world has some form of in-client advertising.

But still... we've been ad-free for 7 years of Skype usage.

And yes, we should probably just suck it up and accept that we've had 7 great years of no advertising inside of Skype... and that this day was bound to come.

But still... (you get the idea)

R.I.P., Advertising-free Skype!

P.S. Oh, and Skype team... believe me when I say that I will NOT whine and complain if you never bring this "feature" over to the Mac :-)

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Video: The Skype / Citrix Partnership - Interview with Skype's Andrew Sinclair

What is the new partnership between Skype and Citrix all about? How secure will it be? What new capabilities will it offer? How much will it cost? Will it work on a Mac? Those are all questions I asked of Skype's Andrew Sinclair last week and made available as part of my Emerging Tech Talk video blog on Voxeo's site:

I'll have more to say on this partnership in another post, but for now enjoy the video.

P.S. And if you hang in to the very end, I added a little extra treat to the end of this video... :-)

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Photo of Geeks: Watching the Apple iPad2 Launch - From EnterpriseConnect

As you would know from watching my Twitter stream or the #enterprisecon hashtag on Twitter, this past week I was in Orlando, FL, speaking at the Enterprise Connect conference and trade show. Of course, that wasn't the only event happening last week... there was this wee little gathering happening in San Francisco to talk about a new bright, shiny object... :-)

So on Wednesday at 1pm Eastern, the attention of many of us at Enterprise Connect was not entirely on the speakers or presentations, but rather also on watching sites like the Engadget Live Blog of the iPad2 event. Analyst/blogger Dave Michels happened upon three of us in the press room who were watching the news... and naturally he had to take a picture (and naturally we had to ham it up a little bit)...

In the picture is InsideCTI author Eugene Liu, myself (Dan York), and Ovum analyst Ian Jacobs:


Thanks, Dave, for taking the fun picture.

P.S. And yes, of course I have a Voxeo sticker on the back of my MacBook Pro... would you expect anything less from me?

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Live-tweeting Skype's EnterpriseConnect Keynote in 45 minutes...

SkypelogoIn about 45 minutes, Skype will be giving a keynote here at EnterpriseConnect in Orlando (1:30pm US Eastern) and will apparently be making a "big announcement" about Skype in the enterprise. They have been cagey about what the announcement is... but one contact I know well there says that I will "like it". :-)

We will see how accurate he is... I will naturally be tweeting out the keynote live at:
FYI, the conference will be live streaming the keynote out at: