Skype to block local voice calls originating from India starting November 10.

Skype to block local voice calls originating from India starting November 10.

Yes, it’s true and officially confirmed.

Skype to block local voice calls originating from India starting November 10.

Skype to block local voice calls originating from India starting November 10.

Read

  1.  From the support page of Skype: https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA34487/why-can-i-no-longer-make-calls-to-india-from-india
  2.  A Times of India article on the same: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Skype-to-block-local-voice-calls-from-India-starting-November-10/articleshow/44479747.cms

Reason

According to Indian law, although it’s legal to use VoIP, it’s illegal to have VoIP gateways (server) in India. Read: The TRAI PDF whitepaper. The irony is that, the Government is forcing VoIP service providers to place VoIP gateways inside India while it’s illegal to do so! Read: News article from Times of India – “Government wants Skype to set up servers in India”.

Get my point here? The Government is forcing VoIP service providers to place gateways inside in India, while not amending the earlier policy which made it illegal. So in anyways, VoIPs can’t offer local calls ‘legally’. The contradictory polices of both TRAI and Government of India made VoIP service providers difficult to operate in India. So naturally, Skype had to stop the services.

What do you think of this move? Comment your opinion.

Further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_over_IP

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The reason why Microsoft avoided the number 9 on their recent Windows release!

There’s a clear reason why Microsoft avoided the number 9 on their recent Windows release.

Most people are not aware of this fact.

From the Wikipedia

Windows 9x is a generic term referring to a series of Microsoft Windows computer operating systems produced from 1995 to 2000, which were based on the Windows 95 kernel and its underlying foundation of MS-DOS, both of which were updated in subsequent versions. This includes all versions of Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Me.

 

That clearly states, Microsoft avoided the number 9 to avoid confusion between the legacy Windows series and the new Windows releases. I wonder why almost nobody thought about this!

Further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_9x

Disclaimer: I put forward this theory based on my research and experiences. There’s no proof that this’s the sole reason out there unless of course Microsoft release an official statement.

 

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