So Microsoft bought Skype. Interesting. Looking at the tech that Microsoft is now owning in this space, Live Messenger, Lync and Skype you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see where this can go.
Let’s put up a couple of stand alone facts.
- Microsoft is addressing IP-Telephones and video conferencing using Lync for the business.
- Skype is addressing IP-Telephones and video conferencing for the consumer space.
- Lync could be delivered in the cloud (parts of it is already is in Office 365).
- Skype is delivered using the cloud.
- Microsoft announced Skype clients to your Windows Phone 7
- Microsoft announced Skype clients to Microsoft XBox.
Now do you see what I see?
Bring up your phone, call your friend. He/She will be able to answer where ever he/she is. Sitting at the computer with a skype-lync client, the mobile phone or from the couch in front of the Kinect. Some of these options will be with video, some wont.
All of this options will run through the Microsoft IP-telephony network. Some of this will be paid for by the consumer, some won’t. All in all, Microsoft is becoming a carrier for chat, voice and video.
I think this is cool, thinking about the integration possibilities. On-premises Lync server with all the apps that can hook in, and the ability to call other networks.
What do you think?