In April 2010, Microsoft was readying the launch of Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 and posted on its site a comparison table that clearly shows how Messenger is a far superior service to Skype. Messenger had 21 checkbox features compared to Skype’s paltry 5.
A few thoughts on the matter:
- Skype has been aggressive about adding new features, the table is presumably a bit out of date.
- Features are important, but not as important as a user base. Particularly one spread out among different platforms and around the world.
- Mobile, Mobile, Mobile.
- I can think of 8.5 billion reasons why this chart is wrong.
- What’s next? Will Skype and Messenger merge? Will Messenger features appear on Skype? Will Skype features (not shown) appear on Messenger? Stay tuned to As the World Turns.