The cracks start to appear in the Skype architecture.
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.]