Skype Names Yahoo, AOL, and Microsoft as Threat
Skype, the company which made VoIP usable and cool and the latest acquisition of the internet giant eBay, has said that they see potential threat in their primary market coming from the biggies like Microsoft, America Online and Yahoo! Interestingly, Google is not mentioned in this comment considering they also launched a VoIP capable system and are said to be readying themselves for a ISP kind of role for American market.
Microsoft is being considered as posing the biggest threat to this service considering they have an ISP in place and have the resources to spend on getting in this market which is expected to one day replace the traditional telecom systems. Skype’s Chief Executive and co-founder Niklas Zennstroem said in a statement: “I think the biggest threat to us is companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, and Time Warner’s AOL, because their customer base is so big.”
Microsoft acquired Teleo in August and Yahoo! acquired Dialpad earlier in the year to gain technologies to challenge the domination of Skype. Skype remains one of the hottest market leaders and is supposed to be gaining around 150,000 users per day. The total user base of the company is close to 54 million users. And with the resources of eBay, it can just manage to survive the growing challenge in their primary market.
Sushubh Mittal, Tech Columnist and Resident Opera User – Sushubh Mittal, the Editor of TechWhack is a self described tech freak who loves to test out software and criticize the flaws in them.