The fact that Microsoft
would want to integrate Skype
everywhere shouldn't be too surprising, Office/Lync and Windows Phone are obvious areas and so is Xbox. That's why news
of the company looking for engineers who can delve into the hybrid world of video games and IP communications shouldn't be too surprising.
When Microsoft integrates Skype into Xbox and bundles
some free calling into the solution, what's to stop them from offering a DECT phone as well? With retail prices of DECT 6.0 phones starting at less than $20
, the idea makes more and more sense.
Sure, you can use a cordless/wireless phone with Skype today but if Microsoft integrates it all seamlessly and video is added for free, what happens to the business models of Ooma, netTALK
And what about the cable companies, AT&T
and Verizon? Sure, a Skype home phone calling solution will be inferior as it doesn't allow emergency calling due to a lack of E-911 support but still, if it is part of a bundle and has HD voice support, why pay for phone company or cable calling? Especially if it has video as well and other great Skype calling features, presence, etc.
Additionally, a benefit of the Skype purchase will be potentially becoming the phone provider for hundreds of millions of consumers.