Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
For many people such as myself, using Skype is a necessary evil. Those of us who work within offices that utilize Skype as their primary means of conferencing will have a very tough time convincing enterprise environments that open source alternatives are better.
I'm not saying it never happens, rather that once a means of communicating is setup, good luck adapting to something new. Sadly in some instances, this has meant relying on Skype.
For years before the Microsoft buyout of Skype, it was clear that the Skype team had little interest in pursuing updates for the Linux Skype client. The reasons why could best be left to one’s imagination. I suspect time, funding, and distribution differences all contributed to nothing happening. But to the end user, it left many of us trying to find usable alternatives.