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Skype’s busy summer

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Over the past six weeks, Skype (www.skype.com) has announced new products and/or deals with Comcast, on Android, and with Facebook. Anything else?

At The Cable Show 2011, Skype and Comcast (www.comcast.com) announced that Comcast users would be able to lease Comcast hardware to enable Skype video calling on HDTV video sets.   The service uses [...]

Skype and Facebook make nice; Nimbuzz, others kicked to the curb

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Skype (www.skype.com) has integrated the Facebook (www.facebook.com) news feed and phone book into its Windows implementation.  At the same time, the company is dumping Nimbuzz and others in a move to a tighter walled garden strategy – or it just couldn’t get any cash out of the freeness.

Within the new Skype client, users [...]

Skype buys Cisco (executive) – now what?

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Skype (www.skype.com) has hired Tony Bates, formerly Cisco’s Senior VP and GM of Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business.  So now what?

I suppose this kinda-sorta explains the origin of the rumor that Cisco was going to buy Skype.

Speculation ranges that Bates’ experience with Enterprise will help Skype get traction into the business [...]

Skype’s “registered users” party line its own worst enemy today

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Earlier this week, I was on a conference call for the Avaya/Skype “strategic relationship” announcement and it was so special (NOT!) to hear at least one of the reporters/analysts on the line regurgitating the whole “after all, Skype has over 500 million registered users” line.

*sigh*  Even Skype has abandoned this form of [...]

Avaya & Skype announce "strategic partnership” … of a sort

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Avaya (www.avaya.com) and Skype (www.skype.com) announced much big love and a strategic partnership today.  But the meat of the agreement won’t be implemented until the second half of 2011. And it’s not exclusive.

In “Phase 1,” Avaya customers will have “access” to Skype Connect, so anyone running a SIP-based IP PBX will be able [...]

Google offers “free” phone through Gmail

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Making free phone calls just got easier through Google(www.google.com) (so long we all remember that “free” is not really free, but subsidized through someone else’s money) via “Voice Calls from Gmail.” 

More specifically, you need a Gmail account and calls through your computer to American and Canadian numbers are free through “at least” [...]

Skype files for an IPO – Only 8 million paying users?

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In the usual terse manner that all companies end up with, Skype (www.skype.com) has announced it has filed a S-1 registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed IPO of its “ordinary” shares.  

The SEC prospectus can be found here on www.sec.gov. Be interesting to see what skeletons come [...]

AudioCodes goes SIP wild with support for Microsoft OCS, Skype

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AudioCodes (www.audiocodes.com) has gone SIP wild over the past two weeks, announcing support for Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) and Skype for SIP.

Last week, the company announced its SIP Phone Support (SPS) for Microsoft Unified Communications, enabling “economically affordable” connections to Microsoft OCS via standard SIP IP phones. A direct connection to OCS [...]

FREETALK Connect – The Skype PBX

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Down in Miami last week, all the buzz was around FREETALK Connect, an PBX solution built to leverage Skype.

FREETALK Connect is schedule to roll out in March and will allow SBs (two to 49 users) to enable Skype calls from supported office phones, including the “free” Skype-to-Skype calls, mange Skype contact lists, and [...]

Google Buys Gizmo…maybe?

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According to TechCrunch, Google has shelled out around $30 million in cash to scoop up Gizmo5.   Of course, the rumor mill last month had Gizmo5 being bought by Skype as a SIP backup plan if they couldn’t get JoltID and various other proprietary technologies secured.

The timing of this rumor/impending announcement is, shall we [...]