Should Skype Migrate Away From Its Proprietary Technology?

PC-to-PC calling service Skype has been wildly successful so far because it uses a proprietary technology. But would Skype need to standardize on Internet Protocol to do well long term?

Skype has been wildly successful so far because its secret technology has been different from anyone else's. The popular service's peer-to-peer technology could penetrate firewalls and enable people to talk from one PC to another for free. But the big question now is, Should Skype migrate away from its proprietary technology?

I just spoke with independent analyst Jon Arnold who believes that, ultimately, Skype will need to standardize on Internet Protocol to as to become the de facto PC-to-PC calling technology, used with all Instant Messengers (IM).

Indeed, standardization has done wonders to many a technology's adoption. And it could, potentially, push Skype out into the mainstream. Or, it could kill Skype. This would be a risky move, one that would pitch Skype even more directly against IM heavyweights Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. Do you think a move to IP would make sense?

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