12 thoughts on “Skype rules, but for how long?”

  1. The following are my guess on how Peerio/Skype really works (some differ from yours).
    1. All Peerio clients will have their own Skype ID.
    2. Peerio gateway becomes Skype supernode for all these clients.
    3. Skype partners will take care of interconnecting Peerio clients to PSTN.
    4. PT clients support same codec and encryption as used by Skype.

    What does Skype get with this
    1. Enterprises wanted to control their Skype supernode. With this architecture, Skype has given that.
    2. Skype needed PBX like features; shared call appearence, bridging etc. If PT’s claim is true, then Skype gets these features.
    3. Skype can repeat this kind of arrangement with other players.

    What does Peerio get with this
    1. They do not have to develop media gateways; it gets it via SkypeOut/In.

  2. Yes that is if you take only service – SKype – into account. the point I am trying to make is that, with the API now other services can plug into Skype and hence make signing up for Skype less important. which is why I think Skype has alunched an affiliates program so they can keep growing/

  3. Om, an important clarification…pulver.Communicator does support Skype, however users of the application must be registered to Skype and have the Skype software running on their system to enjoy its benefits.

    Once configured, Communicator opens the Skype client at start-up and thereafter runs all communications to-from Skypers through it. As such, assuming other IM clients will work in the same or similar manners the Skype footprint cannot be affected in a negative manner (thought such functionality can, of course, affect said footprint in the positive by causing non-Skypers to register/download so they can bridge their IM client apps to their Skype buddies).

  4. but that’s not what guys at peerio have done. which is the difference. i think if that transparent to-and-from communication can happen – then skype network becomes more valuable at the same time prone to risk of being sidelined. i think running two clients at the same time doesn’t make much sense. so perhaps pulver communicator should have a way to talk to skype without booting up two software clients.

  5. Is it true that Peerio is not running the Skype client at all, not even in the “Skype gateway”? Somewhere, somebody has to convert the Skype signaling messages to Peerio messages. Yes that conversion can be done with the help of Skype API. But to access that API, Skype client must be running. So it will be a real feat if Peerio has avoided the use of Skype altogether.

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  7. You shouldn’t have to support Skype’s API to “kinda” work together. Skype’s directory should be open to others to access. Otherwise net calling world will suffer the same fate as IM – a balkanized system with different people on different systems unable to communicate.

    You should only support voip providers committed to an open, interconnected directory. SIPphone recently released Gizmo (see: http://www.gizmoproject.com) which is a capable skype competitor and has some snazzy new features like mapping. Most importantly, Gizmo interconnects with everyone unlike Skype. This is very important for the sane development of the VOIP world.

    Mac/Win versions of Gizmo are out now with Lin coming soon.

    — Michael

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