23-01-2014 19:29 - edited 23-01-2014 19:31
With his very limited understanding of the world of computing, my 11 year old son stated: "the Xbox 360 is only a gaming console; why do you want to have Skype on it?" My answer to him included: (1) because Microsoft markets the device as much more than a gaming console, (2) because it would be smart for Microsoft to keep you using their platform rather than make you go pick up another device (for instance, one of the many Apple devices we have in our household), (3) because if Microsoft still cares to sell Xbox 360, they should still care to support its userbase, and a dozen other points.
I have not bought or used ANYTHING Microsoft in more than 15 years. I only use Skype because Microsoft bought it, but I loathe everything Windows and despise Microsoft's lack of commitment to providing a solid user experience. The only reason we just bought an Xbox 360 is because my kids wanted the gaming platform that offers the titles they want and because I didn't want to shell out more $ for a Microsoft product than what I strictly needed.
In 3 days of use of this Xbox 360, Microsoft has already missed the opportunity to change my perception of their brand thanks to the Skype app debacle.
3 weeks ago - last edited 3 weeks ago
Why is Skype not available on XBox 360? I'll tell you why, it's a Marketing Gimmick for the XBox One. Shortly after the announcement that M$ acquired Skype, they promised Skype for the Xbox. They didn't say "just XBox One, or next-gen". Heck, even my cellphone has Skype capability. All you will do by holding back Skype from xbox 360 is piss-off potential XBox One customers. I refuse to buy another Xbox console unitl Skype is available for XBox 360 (and I own 5 360 consoles). I won't let Microsoft Marketing get in my way of choice, there are OTHER options that don't include YOU!
a week ago
Alright, so I had to sign in to skype to post here, or else risk giving skype everything I post on facebook ever. Nice way to make me feel warm just before I was about to post a rant.
Anyway, truly hate that XBox 360 has no skype, but has no well-advertised Video conferencing app. My Kinect camera is a well-designed block now. Thanks.
I had a few people over yesterday, and just assumed that I could help them skype over my TV+Kinect. But no.
Now I realize that my feedback means nothing, because at the end of the day, so long as the other person I have to communicate with, has Skype, I'm not going to be a jerk and have him buy whole new devices or go through crazy installations due to my personal pain. So Skype hasn't lost me as a customer - just annoyed the crap out of me.
Keep this post in mind when you sit within Microsoft and wonder with childlike innocence... "We make such a great Windows Phone, and Windows 8 and XBox and IE is so great now. I wonder why people won't even give it a chance!" You really think I'm going to "just give you a chance!" when I have a choice to get away from Skype? Really? I want to risk paying you lots of money to be embarrassed in front of my friends? Think again.
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