11 thoughts on “Why Is Skype Moving to the Web? Hiring Binge Explained”

  1. All very cool, but maybe they should focus on the platform they’ve got first. I gave up on Skype a few weeks back and moved to oovoo in part because I’ve had some software issues appear out of nowhere, and finding support was impossible. Delete and reinstall didn’t help either. So, no matter how many bells and whistles they add, they’ve already lost me. “Forward” isn’t always progress in this business.

  2. Hi Om — this article makes me think of OpenTok by Tokbox. They pivoted their browser-based video chat into focusing more on the platform. You mention “Just like Netflix, Skype needs to embed itself in many places for people to start using its dialtone to make calls to non-Skype numbers and thus bring in the dollars.” OpenTok lets you integrate video chat into a variety of applications, and gives the developer a lot of control of its implementation and look. I’ve always longed for Skype to support more people being able to ‘dial-in’ to a conference; Tokbox seems to be more scalable in that sense.

    Anyway, it’s a shift that seems inevitable. Let’s see how Skype executes it.

    1. I think Skype has a potential of being disruptive but I fear that they might be chasing the big corporation opportunity too hard and might forget their core strengths — small and indy companies.

    2. And Wikileaks just reminded everyone that storing all your info on someone else’s servers means you are dependent on others.

      You say cloud computing, many say its the completion of a loop back to the mainframe.

      For users who are willing to give out all their personal infos at the drop of a hat online, its probably not a poblem. Companies on the other hand arent that keen.

      This new concept (!!!) takes the computing power back out of the hand of consumers and puts it back into the hands of the internal IT employees and third-party vendor.

      I can count on two fingers the amount of clients (to be fair, theyre tech companies so they ahve strong IT dept) that Ive come across that are willing to shift their enterprise to the cloud.

      That said, it would be nice for Skype to have a little go at the enterprise.
      It truly is a universal apps taht works on all our OS here at work (Linux, OSX, WinXP) but the browser is the key.
      Get rid of the app as necessity and use the browser and it will be a game changer.

  3. The cynic may suggest that the only business Skype is currently in is an ipo for investors. FaceTime tango and a few others have shown skypes directory has no lasting value. The only piece still standing as really useful is multichat. Not sure we can even conclude or insure that Skype exchanges are even secure anymore.

    My mobile is now my point for global free communications. Skype is just one of many option now and not my preferred choice. The hope that enterprises will keep uses tied in is a pipedream.

    Skype exists because windows messenger sucked and didn’t kill aol or yahoo. Apple and google aren’t about to make the same error. Perhaps I’m missing it. I can’t see any reason to really care about having Skype dial tone today. Particularly as a new user.

  4. I agree that Skype needs to become ubiquitous, but partnering up with Avaya ain’t exactly small potatoes in the enterprise communications world.

    Much like Apple has finally done with the iPhone and iPad, Skype is realizing that future growth won’t come from consumers but from larger companies that can buy services in bulk and will pay a premium for specific solutions. When you’re scalable and huge, why not pick off the easy money in big chunks?

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