17 thoughts on “Skype CEO Outlines Platform Ambitions, Hiring Plans”

  1. We’ve already got the equivalent of Skype which runs in a browser (as well as any phone and any mobile)….and at cheaper rates……and no downloads!! And no peer to peer consuming your personal computer power. What’s all Skype fuss about?

    1. i am sure there is an answer but to be honest i didn’t have enough time to get all my questions in. next time i am on the phone with him, i probably will chat with him.

  2. I just spent a few months working closely with some ex-Skype guys on a start-up which revolves around an embedded Skype client. Reality is, Skype seems to be a long way from the openness & ubiquity they’re discussing here. There are numerous pieces missing both technically and commercially, plus they seem unable to keep to a schedule.

    They need to get their act together or the developers will just move to another platform. Google uses open standards & have everything ready-to-go. People won’t wait forever, and in-the-end Skype’s just a another network.

    1. Agreed… I think they realize that and are working on putting together a plan that might actually work and attract more attention from the VoIP community. My view on this is is – they have 18 months before Google Voice and at least one other small player gets a bigger following with the web developer community.

      On the technical aspects, Josh was clear about the missing pieces and recognizes that offering a lame platform can actually be more damaging than not having open APIs. Well let’s see if they can deliver something developers love.

      1. Skype for Asterisk is an example of the way they should be heading.
        We’ve used it to enable useful skype-in-a-browser functionality
        (within googlewave no less ).
        The royalty-free licensing of SILK is another step in the right direction.

        The question is if they can get folks on-board and an API out the door within your 18 month timeframe.

  3. Voice is fairly well served now, but video calls are not, especially in hand held and purpose-built devices. Video conferencing in the enterprise also ties you down to a location. All of these could be a big opportunity for Skype.

    1. Oh he was pretty clear on making video a big focus for the service going forward and we should expect some new features soon. I would be happy with a multi-person chat for starters.

  4. Ironically, I’m beginning to think that it will take Skype delivering a multi-chat video/screen-share service to create the long awaited SMB demand for this type of service from other providers. There are reasonably good options out there today for multi-chat video, yet not many with really significant traction yet in the SMB space. So, in the same way that Skype p-p video made one-on-one voice calls seem low impact or ‘lite’, it may be them who does the same for the 3 person voice conference call. The question will be whether they charge for it (I’d pay something) and if they will crush or create a market while they’re at it.

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