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Watching this move, Microsoft rushed out and bought Skype, and this morning we can see why. Google has taken its first step into having WebRTC built into Chrome.
At the moment the real-time communication (video or audio) through the web requires proprietary technology either through a client or plugin.
But when Google bought GIPS and released the voice and video engine technology as WebRTC under a royalty free BSD licence, its plans became fairly obvious even to Vole. A cloud based company can have all its comms running through the browser on a worker's desktop or notebook.
The search engine is about to allow web developers to create RTC applications, like the Google Talk client in Gmail, without using any plugins but only WebRTC components.
As it is, this technology will challenge services like Skype, but without anything like it or the IP to set something up Vole was in trouble.
Vole now has some time to get Skype working in a similar way to WebRTC. Google has said that WebRTC will be built into Chromium before it sees the light of day in the real world.
That should give Microsoft time to move to integrate Skype into its operating systems.