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Deja Vu- Skype Does Something Old

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I read today on Pocket-Lint how Skype is slowly rolling out video messaging. WOW. What a non-starter.

Back in the mid 2000's when we worked with SightSpeed that was one of the standard features in what has to be now viewed as one of the original cloud or hosted video communications platforms. It was also one of the most used features of the service, which is now at the core of much of what Logitech has to offer with their video services that are marketed under the Lifesize brand, though none of us are sure for how much longer.

The fact that it took almost as long as it did for Skype to add a feature like this to their video service, especially, since for years they have been touting how many people use Skype video for calling friends and colleagues is rather interesting.

In my view I see this as one more step to the Lync-Skype roadmap being checked off the list, and a feature that when out of what can only be viewed as a limited market test (USA, UK) only working on three operating systems, and not yet on Windows, means it's more like a Microsoft 1.0 product that can eventually only get better. 

UPDATE FROM SKYPE PR

"Video Messaging is in early release for testing in several markets for Android, iOS, and Mac with functionality to send and receive video messages. Users in these markets across all Windows desktop and mobile platforms can receive messages, too. We will have send capability in Windows by end of April. In the meantime, we continue to test this new feature in its early release."