Tom Warren, writing for The Verge:
The new Messaging app works by integrating Skype, allowing you to
chat to Skype contacts or initiate video / audio calls. All the
conversations are synced between PCs, tablets, and phones, and the
new app looks like a lightweight version of Skype. It’s also
identical to the Messages app on OS X, with the same two-panel
interface and circular UI for contact photos. Microsoft has
started linking Skype usernames with mobile numbers to make it
easier to find friends who are using the service without having to
know their user ID. That makes this whole approach a lot more like
iMessage, allowing Skype users to chat to friends easily on the
service. The main difference is that Skype is cross-platform so
you can chat to friends on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and
more, while iMessage is limited to Apple’s platforms.
I know that iMessage syncing is one of those “functional high ground” issues some people are still seeing, but for me, it’s been working great. Seamless hand-off and continuation of conversations across devices. Seems like a no-brainer for Microsoft to go this route with Skype and Windows 10.
Not sure how Google can follow it, with Android being so beholden to the whims of carriers in the mass market.
★ Thursday, 22 January 2015