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One to watch: Skype VoIP

Much has happened since my review of Skype. Since then, Computex 2005 in Taipei has seen the introduction of a number of VoIP-compliant telephone handsets, several of which offering Skype compliance.

For a company like Skype, who clearly have major ambitions, this is something more than a simple nod of recognition. This is a service rapidly becoming the poster child for VoIP acceptance in the business world.

To some, the idea of wearing a USB headset from the likes of Plantronics in a regular business environment is more than a little off-putting. So a regular telephone handset is a step in the right direction.

In addition to various hardware tie-ins, Skype can now boast video calling:

“Skype users can now download a free plug-in from Dialcom that will enable video conferencing using the Skype P2P engine. The Spontania Video4skype, allows any users with a webcam connected to their PCs and a Skype account and broadband internet access, to make video-calls using the Skype client.”

Clearly, Skype is on something of a roll, and is now very firmly on my ‘one to watch’ list.

So do just that…

By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

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