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Skype for Windows 5.6: Call Monitor, Enhanced Screen Sharing – and Ads!

Yesterday Skype released Skype for Windows 5.6 continuing the process of new releases every two to three months. This release incorporates several incremental changes that modify the user experience. And expanding on the recent incorporation of advertising into other Skype clients (Mac/iPhone/iPad/Android), Skype for Windows now has advertising for those who do not have one […]

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Skype To Go: Becoming My “First Choice” Wireless Long Distance Service

Following the Mood Messages of a Skype employee in my Skype Conversations window I came across this last Friday: “brand new version of Skype To Go available. Dead simple to use, nothing to download, call directly from your contact list !” Curious, I went to my Skype To Go subscription where I found all six […]

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Skype IPO: The Real Communications Business Disruption Adventure Begins

When I interviewed Skype CEO Josh Silverman at CES 2010 in January, I had asked about the timing for a Skype IPO. Josh’s response: “We’ll see. We don’t have a timeline for it. Our focus is to build a really great company. When we’re ready and the markets are ready, we’ll consider an IPO. At […]

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SkypeKit: Now with Windows and Mac OS Versions

Three weeks after announcing SkypeKit for Linux, Skype has lived up to its commitment to provide support for Windows and Mac OS X. What does this mean for future deployment of Skype access? Basically the ability to embed Skype within a third party Windows and/or Mac OS X application without the need for the Skype […]

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Catching Up: SightSpeed’s Peter Csathy on Partnership

This is another in my catch-up series (first post here) – and I’m slow in getting a second one out. About three weeks ago Phil and I wrote three posts about SightSpeed’s new partnership with Dell where SightSpeed is providing the infrastructure for Dell Video Chat. In my second post I discussed the role CxO’s […]

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PamFax Update: Lower Rates, Volume Plans and Improved Perfomance

Send faxes via PamFax for €0.14 (a 17% reduction) or, if on a PamFax Professional or PrePaid Pack plan, as low as €0.09. Since last summer Skype Journal has been reporting on the evolution of PamFax, which allows Skype users to send faxes anywhere worldwide from your laptop in as few as five mouse clicks. […]

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Skype’s FY08-Q2 Results … Generates a Significant Question

On Wednesday eBay released their quarterly financial results, including an update on Skype usage. This chart presents the trend lines over the past year. The only other information that came out in the call: Over 25% of all Skype-to-Skype calls involve video Skype is "double-digit" profitable (along with PayPal) Comments: It is apparent that the […]

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CxO’s – Linchpins in Bringing Business to Technology

Since 1996 I have been involved in buying Dell laptops and desktop PC’s, not only for my own use but also helping friends and non-profits acquire PC’s for their personal and business needs. A constant throughout most of that period was that each of these PC’s came with a digital media offering called Musicmatch. Not […]

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Dell Video Chat … Expanding Video Communications Awareness

Last week Dell launched its new Studio line of laptops. According to Mobile Review (17") and PC Mag (15") — both of which gave them an "Editor’s Choice" designation, this line is a cross of the Inspiron consumer line’s pricing and the XPS laptops’ reputation for having "desktop" horsepower. Apparently the ability to make a […]

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SightSpeed Builds Its Business Approach

Ever since it was launched at what turned out to be the last Comdex a few years ago, SightSpeed has always impressed with its video technology leadership. They have established a position as a leader in video messaging and, more recently, took feedback from small business users to build a business video conferencing service complete […]

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