Project Gizmo challenges Skype

By Tony Lock, Bloor Research

IP Telephony is on the brink of becoming mainstream in both the business sector and for “personal” communications. At the forefront of much individual usage has been the solution supplied by Skype. So successful has Skype been that the company name has already started to transform into a verb — “To Skype”. However, Skype’s current pre-eminent position is now facing a serious challenge with the launch of Project Gizmo, the latest brainchild of Michael Robertson, the founder of MP3.com and Linspire. In many ways Project Gizmo at first appears to be very similar to Skype. The major difference between the two, lies in the fact that Project Gizmo has been built using an open source philosophy around the emerging SIP standards. In addition to being based on the SIP open standard, Gizmo has publicly stated that it is committed to interconnecting its IP telephony system with those operated by other organisations.

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