Will "MicroSkype" Irk Apple?
"It's interesting that this app puts Microsoft on the iPad --- potentially," Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates, tells Computerworld. "MicroSkype takes a bite of the Apple."
By itself, the Skype video chat app for iPad might not be a big concern for Apple, though it does give Microsoft a foot into the Apple door, according to Gold. "In fact, the app could mean that Apple, in effect, will become a component of the Microsoft Windows Live suite that includes everything from IM to email," Computerworld writes. "Live is directly competitive to what Apple is doing," Gold added. "A further irony," Computerworld adds, "is that the Skype for iPad app would compete with Apple's own FaceTime video chat product, which works in Wi-Fi only. "