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WiFi Phones for Skype

In a press release issued today, Skype announced “collaboration with [four] hardware partners to deliver the first WiFi phones for Skype(TM) software, making Internet calling on the move a reality”. Basically these devices will eliminate the need for a PC to make Skype calls in a “authorization-free” WiFi-enabled environment. Sounds like we may finally see […]

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Remote Video – Beyond Basic Video Calling

Over the past week there were a couple of news items about video communications services: Out of Japan, Novac has released a product, Skype TV, that lets you stream your TV across Skype video. More commentary from Gizmodo. Last Monday came news about the forthcoming SightSpeedTV, a new feature to be included in SightSpeed’s next […]

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Skype’s Opportunity for IM Federation Leadership

It’s been a busy week: The previously announced (eight months ago) MSN/Yahoo IM federation became real. Yawn. Phil Wolff and Alec Saunders have commented on the Skype code cracking by a Chinese engineering team. Ken Camp has linked both the U3 Skype/SanDisk announcement and any potential Skype code cracking to corporate security policy implications. I […]

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Skype Certification: Delivering End User Confidence to Partner Products

Providing an outline and overview of the full Skype Certification program in action, including both the technology and business aspects, was the goal of Tiit Paananen’s presentation at the eBay/Skype Developer Conference last month. The full slide presentation is here but I will add some comments that came out of the session. From the Skype […]

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Skype “On the Go” – with a Caution

Yesterday Phil referenced the Skype/SanDisk press release announcing that Skype 2.0, featuring Internet video calling, would be preloaded on all SanDisk U3-enabled Smart Drives such that a user could access and use Skype from any Windows computer, such as at an Internet café. But there is a caveat; from the Help for U3: A U3 […]

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Skype 2.5 Hotfix Update Available

One of the enhancements of Skype 2.5 was to simplify the upgrade process. Instead of the tedious download/save/install process that involved saving a file somewhere and then finding it to do the install, one simply need click on “Help | Check for Update” and the entire process is automated. No need to close and/or uninstall […]

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Six New Toolbars … Yes, Six!

Last Wednesday Skype released five new toolbars – two are entirely new while three are significant upgrades of previous versions. They incorporate several features reported in my interview with Peter Kalmstrom at the Skype Developers Conference. This brings to six the number of Toolbars released in June; when you you look at the feature list […]

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Unified Communications, Presence and Relevance..

As a follow up to my post earlier this week and Phil’s post on presence, Alec Saunders continues the discussion on presence and relevance issues with two posts: First is a post triggered by an email response from Kyle Marsh, Microsoft’s UC evangelist, to Alec’s initial commentary on Microsoft’s Unified Communications “Strategy” announcement last Monday. […]

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Microsoft, Unified Communications – Exchange Server and LCS Rebundled

Last week Microsoft cranked up the hype machine and had lots of people wondering if their announcement today would be something approaching earth shaking. In the end it turned out to be about the consolidation of several communications related servers, such as Exchange and Live Communications Server, onto on Office Communications Server, available in Q2 […]

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Skype @ eBay DevCon: in pictures

Using Bubbleshare (well, you’re all tired of Flickr, right? and it’s a local product coming out of the Toronto area), I have finally organized my pics from the eBay/PayPal/Skype Developer’s Conference two weeks ago. Double click on any picture for a larger version and the slide show in a separate window. Enjoy! BubbleShare Aplogies for […]

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