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Skype vs VOIP alternatives

The H Open - Glyn Moody - I presume that Microsoft will integrate Skype into its Windows Phone 7 offerings in an attempt to provide it with some unique features over rival mobile operating systems. That will certainly be popular with users, but the mobile network providers might not be so happy, and that could be problematic given the low market share of Windows Phone 7: Microsoft has very little clout here. That might stymie its plans for Skype in this regard – or give yet more impetus to competitors like Android and the iPhone.

Interestingly, the press release announcing the purchase addressed explicitly the issue of how Microsoft would treat rival platforms: “Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.” To a certain extent, it has to: Skype is all about connectivity, and so the more clients, the more powerful the platform. However, there's plenty of wiggle room in Microsoft's statement: it doesn't promise to support all existing clients, and there are various levels of support.

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