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Thoughts on the Skype purchase

I’ve never been a big user of Skype. I downloaded it a few years ago so I could have a quick conversation or two with somebody I’d never met. I decided it wasn’t really for me, so I stopped using it and forgot about it, and have never had any reason to install it on this PC. Still, I have to admit that I find Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase intriguing.

The New Web Times

“Imagine a world where people don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to do simple tasks,” Gates wrote. “The very idea makes me shudder.”

Internet Explorer 8

Microsoft definitely made a huge step forward with the release of IE7, so why should anything be different here? I hoped that, with Firefox’s market share steadily rising, they might feel the heat and really go the extra mile. Turns out I was wrong, but not by that much. IE8 follows in the proud Internet Explorer tradition of being confused.