Has anyone else noticed the recent shift in conversation about Skype? For the past several years, Skype was the darling of the technorati. Disruptive, visionary, cool. But recently, and not just because of Microsoft, the conversation shifted from ‘Skype is great’ to ‘what’s next?’
Skype, what have you done for me lately? ok, besides the iPad app.
I use Skype daily, but I’m also seeing lots of activity in the space. If something is going to be next, where will it come from? I don’t know the answer, but the list of contenders is growing. It isn’t just about look ma, I can IM too. The conversation (or attempted conversation) is going to be around the technology. Skype is very proprietary. I’m not convinced Skype can continue its wild growth with such a proprietary approach. The problem is SIP doesn’t offer the simplicity or capabilities that Skype does. That means a compromise, ask any politician how easy that is. Interesting times ahead:
Perhaps someone will create the future Skype Killer on borrowed technology from a cloud Platform provider?
Twilio Client: Developers have wanted the ability to create rich communication experiences for years, often inspired by the experience of making and receiving calls with Skype. But developers have needed a fully supported developer platform on which to build.
Perhaps an existing player that changes its model?