What Microsoft Could Do With Skype - Page 2
Skype is peer-to-peer, usually free, except to make calls outside the network to a mobile or landline phone. Microsoft should do what Apple and Google did with their services, and tier it! Just offer something extra special to corporate users to get them to pay for more functionality. We may be two years from this.
Build it into the OS and let it ride across platforms. Skype is still the leader in VOIP. The two 800 pound gorillas in telepresence are Google and Cisco. I look out and see a vision where a Skype session is automatically launched, tagged to an Outlook contact where I can share and collaborate on an Office doc. Yes Google has Google Docs, Google Voice and Google for Business but they’re not knocking down the doors of CIO’s. Most corporations don’t trust Google due to security concerns. Yes, Microsoft is known for holes and vulnerabilities, but they’ve done a better marketing job in corporations than Google has. People and companies want choice. I don’t see Microsoft or Google winning. I see options.
Will the EU have a problem? When does it not? But Apple’s built its browser, iChat, and Facetime into everything it makes and it’s a closed system. Jobs wants to make Facetime a standard. But funny, I thought standards were created by consortiums, not created first and then lobbied for “standardom.” I see Google, Cisco, Microsoft, and Apple in the space — islands.
With Kinect, today’s Xbox 360 gamers have cameras and audio. They need a better chat experience and decent video. Redmond could tier offerings from the Skype tool kit. Turning things on and off in your virtual gamer profile like multiplayer video sessions, and tournament level profile veiling. Also let us turn video off — I don’t want a complete stranger seeing my 12 year old live!
There’s also a multitude of non-gaming solutions for Kinect coming for healthcare, education, exercise, and navigating your online and an entertainment experience via motion or voice. Add video to that.Continued on the next page