That's interesting - the same day Google released its Google Talk service, Skype unleashed its SkypeWeb and SkypeNet developer tools. By doing so, Skype says it's opening up its platform to anyone who wants to integrate Skype Instant Messaging -a lesser-known feature of Skype - with most other versions of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software.
Skype believes it can be a significant threat to instant messaging giants Yahoo, MSN, AOL and now Google. With 51 million registered usernames, Skype IM is potentially twice the size of Yahoo's instant messaging community and six times that of AOL, according to figures provided by Skype.
"Skype to wants to embrace the rest of Internet," Skype co-founder Janus Friis said during a recent interview at CNET News.com.
So will we now see a war of IM and VoIP platforms like the browser war end of the 90's? Is IM and VoIP the future of the Internet that everybody is targeting now? For us, the users, it only can become better.
Cheers ~ Arne