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Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by antediluvianist, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. antediluvianist

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    If you aren't using Skype - well OK Yahoo works too - then you're wasting a lot on long distance telephone calls. Saves a LOT of money, BOGs.

    Skype gets into video
    Sylvia Carr
    silicon.com
    December 02, 2005, 11:10 GMT

    Skype has unveiled the latest version of its popular internet telephony application, with free video calling topping the list of new features.

    Placing video calls over the Internet with the help of a Web cam is nothing revolutionary and is already available in competing products from the likes of AOL, MSN and Yahoo, but Skype is hoping to bring the same P2P magic it brought to voice calls. Though Skype was not a pioneer in offering free VoIP calls, it's become one of the biggest brands in the arena, with more than 58 million registered users.

    The move to video was largely in response to Skype users' demands, according to James Bilefield, vice-president of global business development at Skype. He told silicon.com: "We sensed a frustration with users — 'You did a great job with voice, can you help us out with video too?'."

    Analysts see the importance of Skype 2.0 as less about the individual feature adds and more about what they say about Skype's greater strategy.

    John Delaney, principal analyst at Ovum, said the new video calling feature is "very much catch-up". More important, he said, is Skype expanding the reach of its brand. "Now you have Skype essentially trying to elbow its way into the group of the five big portal brands", along with AOL, Google, MSN and Yahoo. He added: "It could also be a tool to help [Skype's owner] eBay establish itself as multi-purpose brand."

    Slow frame rates, which cause choppy, pixelated pictures, is one of the main downsides to video calling on the Internet, especially for business users, and so far Skype's offering looks like it'll be no different. This should relegate it to the realm of the consumer, with perhaps the occasional ad hoc business call, said Quocirca analyst Clive Longbottom.

    He told ZDNet UK sister site silicon.com: "In the business arena, Skype has some footing in the low end but does not have good enough guaranteed quality for business use — the bringing in of video will make no difference to this." Also today Skype announced blogging software maker Six Apart will integrate Skype into its Typepad blogs early next year and eventually into Live Journal; the new service will allow blog readers to click on a link and start talking to the person who publishes the blog via Skype.

    This is part of the VoIP company's goal to expand Skype's reach beyond the client application, according to Bilefield. "We want to power other companies, we want other people to leverage what Skype is doing," he said.

    Other new features in Skype 2.0 include the ability to personalise the application with avatars and ringtones, improved searching and grouping of contacts, and a toolbar which allows Microsoft Outlook to make Skype calls to contacts with one click.


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  2. batangueno

    batangueno Shock Resist

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    I have used Skype, YM and MSN to talk to my relatives in Australia and US. For me, the best is MSN Messenger. Easier to use and has the best video and audio quality.
     

  3. revo

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    I use Skype.

    Works very very well !
     
  4. toxic

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    pardone , pardone thread hijack!!!

    how about : Quest http://www.quest.net/

    My gun club mate offered me In-Voice Account (GTK14) Standard ..I have attended the product demo last month but i didnt understand the whole thing coz , there was a wedding reception in another function room wherin i think hundreds of megaphones i can hear and the guys doing the presentation re: Quest are already shouting for the attendees to hear , i got irritated of the noise and took off to meet naman a Philam life agent,didnt have the time to do some research..Any input mga Sir.
     
  5. tanduay

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    I use skype and I even use dual phone (wireless) & it's very usefull.
     
  6. mikey177

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    My sister overseas is bugging me to get a webcam so we can talk more often. I'm just a little confused about Microsoft NetMeeting compared with MSN Messenger. What is the difference between these two.

    Also, I've read some comments that Skype is not a "secure" software. Any idea as to how true this is?
     
  7. JMag

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    I think MSN Messenger may reveal your IP address and other info that Skype will not.

    Bringing another thread back to life...
     
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    am also using skype, able to use group calls, chatting at the sametime.. pede rin pc to cell/landline phone but you have to buy skype credit on this service....