One of my top five online communication tools is Skype. I use it all the time for online collaboration and keeping in touch with friends. So it is with a little dismay that I have just heard that Microsoft has bought Skype.
I have no idea what effect this will have on the service that Skype provides. I just hope the service stays free and doesn't get embedded in Microsoft in a way that procludes those of us who do not use Microsoft products.