Archive for the ‘skype’ Category

Widget engine: a bridge between web and desktop applications

October 18, 2006

(sometimes I hate WordPress… Second time it loses all the post content and I have to write again… A summary will do I hope…)

Widget engines again… Google, Yahoo and other are creating an interest by adding small applications that link users’ desktops to online applications or websites.

The interest as described in previous post could be very strong once a business application of these system is in place.

If that happens how could other actors react? and who are these potential actors?

Given the fact widgets create a new link from users to (potentially) branded content, it is likely the technology will create an interest from others such as Microsoft…

And M! has already in place most of the required technology within M! Live Messenger: an application which supports authentication, multi channels and a notification engine. And this piece of software already runs on a lot of computers of the planet!!

So the only missing bit is the ability for M! engineers to integrate a widget engine based on html+css+js+ajax and to integrate it in Messenger. Given the development resources they have it doesn’t seem out of reach..

So maybe we could see M! playing as well with this technology in a near future, we never know.. Probably all will depend on the success of G! as M! seems more like a follower on the web these days (personal view:-)…

I’d be interested in your comments on the subject…

VOIP Phones : Gizmo

July 31, 2006

I tried Gizmo (“the Skype killer” application) a few months ago and was put off by it at that time because it sent emails to everybody on my address book. Also most of my friends are on skype or msn so I couldnt see the point of using another one.. But I still receive emails from Gizmo… They offers a new feature which is quite unique on the market: free PC to telephon calls!! Yes, not PC to PC, byut PC to actual landline AND mobiles.. Given the fact I spend quite a lot of money on skype calling my gf’s mobile abroad, I decided to try it out and installed it on 2 different machines. At first it didnt work, I wasn’t authorised to call my mobile. They have some rules regarding who can call telephones w/o paying. The user must be “active”. Still unsure what that means, but after a week after the installation, I finally got to call my mobile.. Seems promising..

Apart from that it looks like a good product with quaility of sound and a nice user interface. If they had video I would be tempted to try it out for calling my family abroad…