According to a Skype
spokesperson, at Lotusphere 2009 in Orlando, FL, IBM
and Skype previewed the planned integration of Skype functionality with LotusLive
, IBM's new cloud services which are designed to "help individuals build communities to work smarter, more effectively and more efficiently across and beyond their own companies." To be honsest, I'm not familiar with LotusLive, but effectively this sounds like collaborative cloud computing with
Skype capabilities thrown into the mix. Skype's voice & video capabilities will be added to the Borg LotusLive Collective.
Here's the full details:
Skype and IBM collaborate on LotusLive Integration for the Enterprise
Skype voice and video calling to be available for global businesses via IBM Cloud Services
Skype today announced it will integrate Skypeâ¢ functionality with LotusLive (www.lotuslive.com), IBM's new cloud services which are designed to help individuals build communities to work smarter, more effectively and more efficiently across and beyond their own companies. Skype's voice and video calling will add rich, real-time communications capabilities to LotusLive, making it even easier for enterprises to collaborate in the cloud.
This planned integration, which was previewed at IBM Lotusphere 2009 in Orlando, FL, will join LotusLive collaborative services with Skype Internet communications to create a seamless communications experience for our mutual customers. Employees of companies using LotusLive will be able to use Skype to initiate voice and video calls, simply by clicking on their contacts' Skype names or phone numbers within LotusLive. Future possibilities include the ability to import Skype contact information into IBM cloud services to enhance online collaboration.
"Our relationship with IBM demonstrates how serious Skype is about bringing the benefits of 'anytime, anywhere, any mode' Internet communications to the enterprise environment," said Scott Durchslag, Skype's Chief Operating Officer.