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Video calls are coming to Skype, thanks to vSkype, a plug-in developed by Santa Cruz Networks. The company has just released a public beta, which for now works only on windows machines. (Of course, most Mac users have lovely iChat/iSight combination to get their video calling […]

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Video calls are coming to Skype, thanks to vSkype, a plug-in developed by Santa Cruz Networks. The company has just released a public beta, which for now works only on windows machines. (Of course, most Mac users have lovely iChat/iSight combination to get their video calling groove on!)

Santa Cruz Networks was formally known as VidiTel, and I guess has had a Skype-makeover. This technology has been around for a while, and its only now that the company has found a way to become a parasite of a parasite.

One of the more interesting aspects of vSkype is that you can do one-to-one or one-to-many video conference calls. P2P and group video for up to 4 users service is likely to remain free. This cannot be good for NetMeeting or Web-Ex, which will have tough time competing with a much lower cost offerings. I think this product has a good chance of becoming a major enterprise play. Vonage and others who are dreaming of video IP calls, will either have to hurry up or best Skype’s video plans.

vSkype Beta allows users to securely conduct video calls in groups from 2 to 200 and share applications, spreadsheets, presentations, or photos with others on a call. In future releases users will be able to download and play Santa Cruz Network’s games with other Skype users and access our library of camera personalities, wallpaper, and drawing tools. Professional users will be provided with various call controls, white boarding, meeting moderation, bandwidth control, and recording and archiving tools through our network of partners.

One thing to note, this plug-in has near official status, since the two companies “share a prominent investor and board member.” That would be DFJ!

  1. Anbody notice the name of the window… AMacintosh

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  2. oh that is too funny. mac is still the inspiration for everyone it seems

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  3. Profile – VSkype

    Company: vSkype

    Location: Santa Cruz, California
    Launch Date: June 15, 2005

    What is it?
    vSkype is a new product launch by Santa Cruz Networks (disclaimer: Keith Teare, a partner at Archimedes Ventures, was formerly the CEO of Santa Cruz Networks…

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  4. Skype and video calls

    Start-up Santa Cruz Networks said today it will release tomorrow a plug-in to allow video calls with Skype — connecting between one and 200 people. Om beat us to the punch, so we refer to his analysis here, since he’s been following this area pretty …

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  5. vSkype video conferencing adds multi-user and collaboration

    Santa Cruz Networks have launched a beta release of vSkype, the first
    multiuser video conferencing extension to Skype for Microsoft Windows.

    I’m not sure if the service is compatible with …

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  6. Video Calls Come to Skype

    More on Skype video calls, this time with vSkype….

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  7. [...] – the week has been rife with activity in VoIP and Video-over-IP. Yahoo acquires DialPad. Skype announces vSkype. Needless to say, there will be more activity, as Micros [...]

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  8. [...] – the week has been rife with activity in VoIP and Video-over-IP. Yahoo acquires DialPad. Skype announces vSkype. Needless to say, there will be more activity, as Micros [...]

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  9. [...] – the week has been rife with activity in VoIP and Video-over-IP. Yahoo acquires DialPad. Skype announces vSkype. Needless to say, there will be more activity, as Micros [...]

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  10. Yuri Ammosov Sunday, June 19, 2005

    “One thing to note, this plug-in has near official status, since the two companies “share a prominent investor and board member.â€? That would be DFJ!”

    That was obvious for at least 18 months. Viditel was struggling to get off the ground while Skype was flying. Any VC would marry two companies – at his terms, obviously. Why would Draper let anyone in video business with Skype apart from Viditel?

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