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Gizmo Project

VoIP Islands Get Closer

The good news in the world of VoIP islands is that they are getting closer as evidenced by the fact that Gizmo Project 3.0 now interoperates with Windows Live and Yahoo! Messenger, Jabber and Google Talk. In addition the client can call on the thousands of SIP-based calling networks out there.
 
The analysis here is straightforward. Skype is the 800 pound gorilla in the market – the largest island -- and everyone else has to interoperate to be relevant. Skype at this point does not need to interoperate it seems. But if eBay’s VoIP company ever does announce interoperability I am not sure how it would benefit them. At the moment there doesn’t seem to be a compelling reason for Skype to consider such a route.
 
However Skype is building an ecosystem so broad that even if it chooses the Interop route it could make a compelling case for users to use the Skype client whenever possible just to take advantage of the myriad add-ons that exist on the market such as Jyve.


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