The cracks start to appear in the Skype architecture.

September 3, 2010 at 10:44 am 3 comments

Something worrying is happening to Skype. I’m increasingly having to think “will that combination of skype devices work together?” before I make a call. This is made harder by the fact that I don’t know what the person at the other end is using.

Here are some recent examples I have encountered:

  • Panasonic Skype enabled TV to Skype on a Mac – Video doesn’t work.
  • Skype for Asterisk calls from Verizon and Three mobile phones won’t connect.
  • Skype Connect can’t call out to Skype users (although the other way around works).
  • Multiway Video calls only work on PCs.

Skype need to deal with this fragmentation before the cracks get too visible. Otherwise people who aren’t using Skype on a Windows PC will start to feel like second class citizens.

[ update: The Panasonic  to Mac issue was reported to me by James (too-many-devices) Body.

Jim Courtney corrected my description of the Verizon issue – I’d got it the wrong way around.]


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dan York  |  September 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm


    People not using Skype on a Windows PC will *start* to feel like 2nd class citizens? Oh, yeah, we’re already there!

    This was my rant back in May:

    which followed several other rants on the same topic.

    From a pure business viewpoint, I understand why Skype prioritizes the Windows client, but it certainly sucks for those of us NOT on Windows. (And in my opinion penalizes Skype, because *many* of the early adopters out there are on Macs and Linux… and they could help Skype spread the word… if they could use it.)

    Didn’t know about the Panasonic TV issue…


  • 2. Michael Graves  |  September 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    The gap in Mac vs PC capabilities is especially troubling as the MAC users seem to dominate the thought leaders in the space.

    Further, I expect that interop between the Skype for TV devices and other clients will be critical. People will have invested a considerable sum to get the Skype-enabled TV.

  • 3. Doug Mohney  |  September 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Welcome to the world where the Estonians want to do one thing, the guys in London want to do another, and Silicon Valley has a third set of priorities….

    Or so I’ve heard…


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