June 28, 2011
Skype is expected to release a video chat app optimized for the iPad as early as today. This comes even as the company moves closer to becoming part of Microsoft, according to news first reported by ComputerWorld. Long popular with iPhone/iPod touch users, Skype is about to come to Apple’s tablet too. And while this news is good news for iPad users, it takes on a heightened level of intrigue because, of course, Skype is now (or will be soon) part of Microsoft. As such, Skype for iPad won’t just become a competitor for Apple’s FaceTime app; rather, it is Goliath vs. David, where Microsoft is taking on the role of the outsider. According to Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates:
"It's interesting that this app puts Microsoft on the iPad --- potentially. MicroSkype takes a bite of the Apple."Of course, Apple would be crazy not to allow a Skype video app for iPad. The service is extremely popular worldwide with 145 million connected users per month in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Skype's Web site. Skype for iPad, when it arrives, is said to work on 3G and Wi-Fi. We’ll let you know when it becomes available. Microsoft announced in $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype earlier this year.
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