10 birthday candles for Skype

Today is Skype’s 10th birthday, a unique moment for the company. Technology companies that age are indicative of a great idea or a disruptor of a traditional event (using the telephone to make international calls). Skype has seen it all in their 10 years of operation. They have been acquired twice – first by eBay who then sold them to Microsoft. Skype has transformed international calls and have made the entire process economical. Think about all the calls you have made via Skype to friends and family and then think about the potential cost if you would have used your traditional phone. It is a...
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9 birthday candles for Skype

In terms of internet companies Skype (the company who disrupted telecommunication and communication) is fast becoming a mature business (I can get myself to say that Skype is old). Think about it for a minute. Do you remember where you where 9 years ago? I doubt if many people (excluding those who have birthdays or those who got married on the same day) will be able to answer the question. 9 years ago, a communication disruptor came on the scene (a consumer champion just like PriceCheck). A year ago, I think any Skype user had concerns over the company’s future. Being acquired by Microsoft in general...
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Skype turns 8

Skype, one of the greatest internet companies to have come from Europe turned 8 yesterday. In all honesty when I saw that on a few blogs, I thought that it was not possible. Has it really been 8 years since they entered the market? There are a few companies that have disrupted traditional services through ingenuity but Skype changed communication in a big way. Long distance communication is now simply; starting your notebook or PC and then opening Skype. The person with whom you wish to speak to is literally now on your screen. This is free if you have accepted him or her as a contact. You can also...
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Will Mango be the fire starter for Microsoft?

Redmond in California is a hive of activity at the moment. Microsoft, the desktop darling is trying to re-engineer itself into a company that is relevant and at the forefront of mobile technology. Regular readers will know that I am doubtful about the company as I believe there is no single fix for this corporate monster. The lack of proper leadership (Sorry Mr Ballmer) and the continuing belief that desktop computing is the only computing industry worth investing in has significantly crippled Microsoft. Let’s not kid ourselves. Microsoft has a war chest in terms of finance and if properly...
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In Search Of The Perfect VoIP Headset

Telephones, cellphones and most of your consumer electronic devices are inherently designed to assist the user with communication. Yes, the daily fight with your inbox can sometimes feel like a Mount Everest expedition.  Then add in sms’s from friends and family and it feels like one never ending line of communication, which is not a bad thing. I have started using Skype more and more with friends overseas, as it is more convenient than a long distance phone call. You can ensure that the other person is available to take your “important” call and not playing phone tag continuously which makes...
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