A few acquisitions and mergers between Softphone and IM services have been making the news and Mr. Murdoch seems to be on the prowl for something in VoIP, my guess is that it will include a soft client offering.
Are soft VoIP clients gaining more momentum lately? Back in June of this year a research firm provided some stats ...
More than 11 million people worldwide were using a retail voice over IP (VoIP) service for at least some of their telephone calls at the end of March 2005, according to market research group Point Topic.
The number climbs to just under 17.5 million users when 'soft-clients' like Skype and VoiceGlo are added in, according to John Bosnell, senior analyst at Point Topic.
I am sure this report does not take into consideration soft clients or softphones supplied by some of the vendors not mentioned here like Eyeball Networks who in their own right are reporting more than 18 Million distributed end points. With that in mind I think the researchers are missing a great deal of information in these reports and need to do a little more digging before putting these types of reports in front of the press and alike. Come on guys, isn't it time we started seeing some well quantified data?