Congrats to the Sipphone team (full disclosure-portfolio company and I am on board) for getting the Gizmo Project client out for the Nokia Internet 770 Tablet (see Andy Abramson’s blog for more on this). This is quite exciting as the company is executing on its vision and roadmap to extend its SIP and IM service to many devices and networks, particularly wireless ones. Our other vision was to focus on standards-based interoperability for IM and VOIP. To that end, the Gizmo Project 2.0 release allows users to have dual log-in from one soft client to either Asterix based PBXs or other SIP-based networks. On the IM side, it seems that the world is slowly moving into the interoperability direction as Yahoo and Microsoft are in limited testing for federation of their respective networks and as LiveJournal added XMPP/Jabber based-IM to its network of 10 million users. As Om points out, it will be interesting to see how federation in the IM and VOIP space continue. As I have mentioned in the past, most of the number 1 players have no reason to federate, but I do believe as a number of smaller communities and networks spring to life, that the little guys will be able to federate and create a standards-based IM and VOIP service that rivals the larger players. Doesn’t open standards win eventually?
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