Ovum’s Future View Daily is off the mark when it comes to Google buying Skype. Andy gives his reasons, and here is what I think, and what Mark Evans has to say on the matter. Someone close to the company recently told me – Google is in a build not buy mode, and all that money they are raising, well because they can. To paraphrase, the good doctor, sometimes money is just money.
9 thoughts on “Why Google Doesn’t Need Skype”
the far more interesting question is whether jabber/XMPP make SIP eventually obsolete. SIP carries with it a rather complicated legacy of being forced to mimic voice calling feature sets. XMPP may offer a far better choice for delivering ‘services’ over IP where services include all kinds of communications and communications between one’s ‘information’ domains and devices as well. my portal based information, my devices based information, and my PC based information all needs to be connected. and we all know by now that organizing this information is so 90s. so google (Search) + XMPP/jabber is a very interesting set of developments along with the G|sidebar announced this week.
Anyone who buys Skype would buy them for their user base. As this is something Google already has, the overlap between Google users and Skype users is significant, Google wouldn’t gain anything from the deal.
Interesting comment on jabber vs sip
What would the world look like if IM/VoIP users of Yahoo, Google, AOL, Skype (and even MSN) could all talk for free?
Would be very interesting if this IM service has logging capabilities with online archiving. To many, the ability to reference/search IMs is just as important as referencing/searching e-mails.
You should check thi out asap Om:
Skype will Out of Google Talk’s Federation???
The source from Google Talk for Developer -http://www.google.com/talk/developer.html#realtime :
“We’re committed to open communications standards, and want to offer Google Talk users and users of other service providers alike the flexibility to choose which clients, service providers, and platforms they use for their communication needs.â?
âWe are working closely with Earthlink and Sipphone to federate EarthLink’s Vling service and Sipphone’s Gizmo Project with the Google Talk service as quickly as possible, while offering the best possible user experience.”
EarthLink and Sipphone VoIP service are based on SIP open standard. So Google Talk will join SIP Peering Network (http://www.gizmoproject.com/other-networks.html) very soon.
A global interoperability, extensibility and open standard protocols/codecs will be the ultimate path for the IP communications.
Let the speculations begin:
Will Google buy TMobile USA?
Google Talk and VoIP over WiFi
Not sure if Richard Holway has ever been ON the mark…