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Cisco Appeals EU over Microsoft-Skype Merger

Do you use your TV lift cabinet to Skype with loved ones in Europe?  Many Europeans and U.S. citizens are taking advantage of the free Skype service which allows Skype members to video online chat for free. In the last few months Microsoft acquired Skpe in an $8.5 billion acquisition.

Cisco, another networking technology giant is not happy with the terms of this merger.  In fact, Cisco has filed an appeal with the European Union today.  Cisco is worried about the interoperability of video communication.  As the deal is currently set forth, Microsoft will be able to exclusively integrate its Lync video and voice communication software with Skype video communication.  Cisco and other competing software similar to Microsoft will no not be compatible with Skype communication causing Microsoft to have a monopoly on the EU market.

“Imagine how difficult it would be if you were limited to calling people who only use the same carrier or if your phone could only call certain brands and not others. Cisco wants to avoid this future for video communications,” wrote Cisco SVP of Video and Collaboration Marthin De Beer in a letter posted on thecompany blog.

The Skype service so beloved by many Europeans may no longer be offered for free.  Skype may also be restrictive for those who use Cisco or other non-Microsoft software.  EU would be wise to consider Cisco’s appeal.

Cisco Appeals EU over Microsoft-Skype Merger

Do you use your TV lift cabinet to Skype with loved ones in Europe?  Many Europeans and U.S. citizens are taking advantage of the free Skype service which allows Skype members to video online chat for free. In the last few months Microsoft acquired Skpe in an $8.5 billion acquisition.

Cisco, another networking technology giant is not happy with the terms of this merger.  In fact, Cisco has filed an appeal with the European Union today.  Cisco is worried about the interoperability of video communication.  As the deal is currently set forth, Microsoft will be able to exclusively integrate its Lync video and voice communication software with Skype video communication.  Cisco and other competing software similar to Microsoft will no not be compatible with Skype communication causing Microsoft to have a monopoly on the EU market.

“Imagine how difficult it would be if you were limited to calling people who only use the same carrier or if your phone could only call certain brands and not others. Cisco wants to avoid this future for video communications,” wrote Cisco SVP of Video and Collaboration Marthin De Beer in a letter posted on thecompany blog.

The Skype service so beloved by many Europeans may no longer be offered for free.  Skype may also be restrictive for those who use Cisco or other non-Microsoft software.  EU would be wise to consider Cisco’s appeal.

Now Make Skype Video Calls Directly on Your TV

Comcast TV lift owners, did you know you that very soon you will be able to make Skype video calls on your TV?  According to the NY Times, Comcast and Skype announced last Monday that they would be working together to provide Comcast customers the ability to video chat on their TV sets from the comfort of their homes.

For those whom are not familiar with Skype, it is a wonderful free internet based service that allows families and friends to video chat all over the world.   However, this free platform may disappear.  Microsoft announced last month that it agreed to acquire Skype.  With Microsoft and Comcast now leading the new wave of communication, it will be interesting on what the new pricing structure will be.

For the time being though, Comcast will be conducting a trial run to select Comcast customers offering Skype-on-TV.  Skype-on-TV customers will be able to make Skype calls and send instant messages while watching TV.  In the long run, Comcast will provide video cameras to Skype-on-TV customers.  However, Skype is already embedded in some state-of-the-art television sets.  In the future, this will most likely be added automatically to most new television sets.

Now Make Skype Video Calls Directly on Your TV

Comcast TV lift owners, did you know you that very soon you will be able to make Skype video calls on your TV?  According to the NY Times, Comcast and Skype announced last Monday that they would be working together to provide Comcast customers the ability to video chat on their TV sets from the comfort of their homes.

For those whom are not familiar with Skype, it is a wonderful free internet based service that allows families and friends to video chat all over the world.   However, this free platform may disappear.  Microsoft announced last month that it agreed to acquire Skype.  With Microsoft and Comcast now leading the new wave of communication, it will be interesting on what the new pricing structure will be.

For the time being though, Comcast will be conducting a trial run to select Comcast customers offering Skype-on-TV.  Skype-on-TV customers will be able to make Skype calls and send instant messages while watching TV.  In the long run, Comcast will provide video cameras to Skype-on-TV customers.  However, Skype is already embedded in some state-of-the-art television sets.  In the future, this will most likely be added automatically to most new television sets.

 
 
 
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