Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Skype Shapes the Future of How the World Communicates

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Skype Shapes the Future of How the World Communicates

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SINGAPORE: Making video calls from a mobile phone to TV sets or computers will be the next frontier for information technology, the head of internet telephony pioneer Skype says.

Chief executive Josh Silverman told a recent technology conference in Singapore that communication was moving from a ahardware-baseda industry to one driven by software allowing people to keep in touch using a wider range of devices.

"What's the next frontier? I believe it's about ubiquity," Silverman told delegates to the CommunicAsia 2010 technology conference and trade exhibition in Singapore.

"It's about allowing you to communicate whenever, wherever and however you like. At Skype, we envision a world where communication flows like water.

"The basic idea is that any computing device becomes a communications device with the addition of our software and you can communicate however and wherever you want."

Skype's free internet video and audio calls using desktop and laptop computers have connected millions of people worldwide, from business executives to migrant labourers.

Skype offers more sophisticated services to users for a fee, allowing it to generate revenues of $US716 million ($A849.85 million) last year, up 30 per cent over the previous year.

Currently, mobile video calls using the system can only be made using certain handsets such as Nokia's N900 smartphone and Apple's iPhone, but the company said it plans to introduce more platforms.

By next year, eight of the 10 leading personal computer manufacturers in the world will have their products pre-loaded with Skype software before they are shipped, Silverman said.

The firm has also forged partnerships with some of the world's leading electronics makers to put its software on their products, allowing people to make or receive video calls on a high-definition TV in the comfort of their living room, according to Silverman.

"The future of communications is an emotional one a[pounds sterling] technology that helps bring families together, seal business deals, lends a voice and video to remote villages," he said. …

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