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Google and eBay deal announced earlier today is going to have even bigger ramifications for the VoIP world. Google Talk team is talking about interoperating with Skype. Just as exciting are our plans to explore interoperability between Google Talk and Skype, making it easier for our […]

Google and eBay deal announced earlier today is going to have even bigger ramifications for the VoIP world. Google Talk team is talking about interoperating with Skype.

Just as exciting are our plans to explore interoperability between Google Talk and Skype, making it easier for our users to chat with one another. This is just another step in our commitment to interoperability via open, industry standards.

Sounds promising, though the use of word “explore” throws me off a little. Is it even possible? Aswath, your expertise is sorely needed just about now!

Aswath responds:

The short answer is that it is eminently feasible for these two networks to interoperate. After all, Skype clients signal only through supernodes and these supernodes can route the signaling messages to an “XMPP signaling gateway” which translates Skype signaling messages to corresponding XMPP messages….Thus, at least for calls involving simple setup and tear down, what is required is a straight forward signaling gateway between them.

Ina Steiner, the editor of AuctionBytes, a eBay focused newsletter tells the New York Times:

It looks like eBay is milking its auction site as a cash cow to invest in PayPal and Skype. People are already seeing the tests for the Yahoo ads, and they are not happy about them because they compete with the eBay sellers. Most sellers don’t want to talk to buyers.They can barely keep up with their e-mail correspondence.

It is nice to see big media wake up to the Skype side of the story, even though they had been prebriefed ahead of the news.

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  1. The ramifications of tying together Skype and AIM via Google Talk are rather interesting. This would be a serious blow to Yahoo and Microsoft’s IM plans, in addition to a serious knock against telcos.

  2. The Internet is People Tuesday, August 29, 2006

    Open talk…

    Skype and Google Talk are to interoperate. This is good news, not only for users of both systems, but for the Internet at large: Google Talk runs on open standards. Such a deal could mean Google Talk serves as a gateway between Skype and other clients …

  3. Aswath Weblog Tuesday, August 29, 2006

    GTalk and Skype CAN Interop…

    Om points out an entry in GTalk’s blog that suggests GTalk and Skype are exploring the possibility of interoperability between them. He questions whether it is even feasible and calls on me with an ego-boosting remark. How can I not…

  4. I want to coin a new term here..

    P2P = Phone to Phraud

    Googles #1 problem now and in the future is click fraud which some claim is at 20-25% of ad revenues. Now, “prank” calls actually have a value.

    Of course Google makes this deal – now they have access to millions of callers to help them inflate revenue numbers.

    Thoughts?

  5. Actually, it will be easy for the businesses to establish fraud. They can use the CDR if short holding times are considered to be motivated by fraud or routinely record the conversations and play back to Google. I feel the situation is the direct oppsoite – there will be clear transparency.

  6. The online stores who sign up with click to call with google are not going to record calls to check for fraud.

    No one calls their cell phone company to ask for credit when there is a wrong number dialed to them – they just pay for the minute and move one.

    The same will hold true with this.

  7. But they don’t seem to do that with pay-per-click …

  8. elsua: The Knowledge Management Blog Wednesday, August 30, 2006

    Skype, Google Talk to InterOp? – One Step Closer to the One and Only?…

    This may well be the chance we have all been waiting for. If you thought that IM and VoIP interoperability between multiple clients was a dream think again. Here is a weblog post that will show how very shortly AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk and Skype wo…

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