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After Facebook Video Calling, When Will Skype Come To Live, Internet Explorer?

In a post published (opens in new tab) a few days ago on Skype's official blog, Jonathan Rosenberg, the Chief Technology Strategist, mentioned how the company managed to bring "real virality" to video calling by making the process as simple and transparent as possible.

Now that Skype has managed to get Facebook to adopt its VoIP service (whilst taking care to leave contact import and voice calls out of the equation), the next logical step would be to get Skype on Microsoft's own web-based platforms using the same framework.

Embedding Skype into the Live environment for example, is particularly interesting; tying Hotmail, Live Messenger, Office Web Apps or even Internet Explorer in with Skype could open the door to a number of very tantalising prospects like real time, face to face document collaboration, inbrowser video calling etc.

The real deal breaker will come when Microsoft Lync communication suite and its Office business suite add native support for Skype and tighter integration.

Add Xbox Live and Windows Phone to the mix and you potentially have a communication platform that could rival, in breadth, network operators.

Finally, will Microsoft choose to keep Live Messenger and Skype as two separate entities? That is the other six million dollar question that remains on the table as well.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.