Hey Microsoft - No strategy for Skype? Paid too much for Skype? No problem, let's pre-install as crapware!
Gavin Clarke … Microsoft hands out tools to sneak Skype onto new PCs:
Microsoft is eliminating the download experience from Skype for consumers by giving OEMs the tools to slip the VoIP client into PCs.
The company has released a Skype OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) for Windows 7, which you can find here.
The OPK is designed to give PC makers the tools they need to “silently install” Skype for customers, according to the OPK site.