Would You Install Any Software From Sony At This Point?
from the big-trust-hurdle-there... dept
Sony is out talking about their new video softphone offering that sounds sort of like a Skype clone with video functionality (it's possible to add video to Skype already through some third parties). Of course, the market for video calls still isn't totally clear, despite breathless predictions about the space for the past forty years. It turns out that many people prefer to be heard, not seen, when talking to people. However, a bigger question is whether or not the whole rootkit fiasco will make people afraid to install any software from the company. Obviously, the rootkit issue is totally separate, built by an outside firm (First4Internet) and then offered by a separate subsidiary, Sony BMG. However, the Sony name has been pinned to the whole situation, and that may cause plenty of people to have second thoughts about installing any kind of software from Sony for fear of what it might be doing to their system.