Yesterday, Microsoft surprised pretty much everybody but Om by snatching Skype from the grips of Google or Facebook.
It was bit surprising, considering the background of Skype from controversial peer-to-peer file sharing and Microsoft’s old world approach to deliver “software on a disk”.
I guess the opinions are really divided, Microsoft has a long-standing reputation to kill innovation, just remember when they acquired Hotmail and one of the coolest and fasted growing browser service of its time was reduced to a rather lackluster affair.
Now some observers predict that Microsoft will charge for Skype and the integration of Skype into the virus stricken Windows environment will not create much confidence with many Skype users either. Even more since Skype actually channels VoIP traffic of other users through your own PC without telling you; they call it Supernode or Node.
The German edition of CNN, n-TV, sees in us a better alternative to Skype since our users do not have to install any software but can call straight from their browser.
With Skype disappearing into the labyrinth of Microsoft consumer and enterprise products we will even more focus on our browser-based technology. When following Google IO you will see the opposite way software is developing. Everything is going to the browser. Crunchgear writes about the way Chrome OS and Chrome become indistinguishable: “No matter your platform, every question will be answered with “in the browser.” Where’s your music? In the browser. How do I rent movies? In the browser. Where are my photos? Browser. Email? Browser.” Well we are adding another and not so insignificant component to that: Where is your phone? In the browser.
So while Microsoft buying Skype is probably not a good day for VoIP Freedom, the trend browser-based and cloud hosted services like FriendCaller make their way to any kind of device and any platform, driven by innovation, certainly is.
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