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Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) launched its "Google Talk" instant messenger on Wednesday and, in doing so, the search specialist put the screws to every other company who makes a living by offering voice calls over the Internet (see Google Launches IM).

How so? Google Talk lets users switch from text chat to a voice conversation with the click of a button (see Google Talks the Talk). At the very least, that siphons voice minutes from Skype, Vonage, and any other company whose premise is to connect people without use of the PSTN.

Google's recent moves are part of an effort to increase the stickiness of its online property by adding new services beyond Web search. Google has already added email, mapping and location apps, a new “side bar” organizational tool announced Monday, and now, an IM service with voice support (see Google Searches Planet Earth).

And, just in time for all this intrigue is a new poll -- Google Talk Talk -- that gauges reader opinions on the significance of Google's first real move into the telecom space. So far, a full 42 percent of the respondents say Skype has the most to lose if Google Talk takes off.

In addition to gauging the impact of Google's IM service on existing VOIP players, the Light Reading poll also asks what Google will buy next with its cash surplus. Nearly a third of the poll takers so far say Google will buy Skype.

But can Google really go the next step by offering PSTN-connected long distance services or mobile calling services? You tell us. The poll's open all week.

— Mark Sullivan, Reporter, Light Reading

GreenBall 12/5/2012 | 3:04:23 AM
re: Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype Google is advertising company not a search company anymore.
If you do a search (on Google) about Google OS, GOOS, you will find some answers. Rumors are that Google is building OS and the next step is battle with Microsoft. It looks that their vision is back to the past with the mainframe and dump terminal like architecture. They are building also huge server farms based on chip hardware and so called Google File System. And some big brains from Bell Labs are working on that project. Again these are only rumors from the net; I do not have more relevant information.
So where are the telcos in this story? Only a stupid pipe connection their broadband users to the Google?
Peter Heywood 12/5/2012 | 3:04:23 AM
re: Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype I don't think Google's search function is as good as it once was.

What's behind that?
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:04:22 AM
re: Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype re: "So where are the telcos in this story? Only a stupid pipe connection their broadband users to the Google?"

So if I'm BellSouth, do I buy Google? Or cobble together some portal piece parts so that my subscribers don't need Google?

Also, if I'm BellSouth, don't I deserve a bigger office? You should see this hovel I'm toiling in now. I'm BellSouth, for gosh sakes.

ph
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:04:21 AM
re: Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype
A friend of mine used to use the "Levi Strauss Model" of products as a term. Levi Strauss made a lot of money selling implements to miners and he became much richer than all of them in doing so. I love the dumb pipe thing.

seven
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 3:04:20 AM
re: Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype "So where are the telcos in this story? Only a stupid pipe [to connect] their broadband users to the Google?"

Considering that Google is buying up lots of dark fiber, they may end up with their own stupid pipe.
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:04:20 AM
re: Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype Where has Google bought dark fiber?

ph
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 3:04:19 AM
re: Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype Here's the news article that talked about it:
http://news.com.com/Google+wan...
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 3:04:18 AM
re: Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype I just realize that the news article I referenced refers to a Light Reading article:

http://www.lightreading.com/do...
OptoScot 12/5/2012 | 3:04:13 AM
re: Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype Those who believe Google can damage Skype are living in cloud cuckoo land. Skype has a huge and faithful following particularly in Europe.

It is also "an advertiser free zone" and I for one would be very happy to pay a fee up front even for the basic Skype system than see it fall into the Google trap of having to depend on advertising.
Mark Sullivan 12/5/2012 | 3:03:56 AM
re: Poll: Google's Shooting for Skype OptoScot-

So you're chiding Google for having a far more profitable business model than Skype? Sure people love Skype because it's free, but how long can that really last? -- Mark
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