It’s been over a year and a half since Microsoft purchased Skype for some 8-Billion dollars, and they’re just now integrating it with their thirteen-year-old Messenger service – what was all that money for, again? At any rate, Messenger is scheduled to be axed by the first quarter of next year, not that many people using it in comparison to Google’s services or Skype.
In order to make themselves more competitive in the video-conferencing community, Skype really needs to step up their game with group video and screen sharing. This is the primary reason all of us at TiG are using Google’s Hangout service. The secondary reason is the voice quality – or rather the noise cancellation feature that Google is using on Hangout.