Gizmo Takes On Skype

Rob Hof

Michael Robertson seems to enjoy trying to shake up the powers that be, as he did in music with and in computer software with Lindows (now Linspire). Now, he has jumped into the surging field of Internet telephony with Gizmo, the working name for a voice-over-Internet protocol program from his latest venture, SIPphone. Robertson, naturally, thinks the more open nature of Gizmo will win over millions of people who have been using Skype, the runaway hit in free Internet telephony. Gizmo uses the open Session Initiation Protocol vs. Skype's proprietary technology.

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