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bypass firewalls and NATs. The most attractive point is its opening of
its API, the Web2.0 style of interoperability. So numerous novel
applications are invented at the SkypeNet. This time I was surprised by
one "share" application named Unyte by webdialogs.com.
Unyte brings us Skype based remote desktop and netmeeting capability to
"share documents, presentations, applications or even your entire
desktop in real time with anyone, anywhere, anytime". It help reflect
the concept of virtual office and real-time remote collaboration.
Though Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger is rolling out the similar
features, Unyte will succeed in fighting for its living space with
At China, Dianji, founded by the famous Internet pioneer, Mr. Wang
Zhidong, is a software company focusing on collaborative tools. Their
GeneKing series products have been serving for a lot of Chinese
customers. They released their multimedia commnication software
Lava-Lava a few months ago. It's a full-fledged IM software wich
audio/video talk and conference functionality. However, Dianji has a
relatively weak brand and install base at the IM market. Joint-venture
or some styles of collaborations with those big players might be a good
way for their Lava-Lava.
How to secure the enterprise's network perimeter eroded by numerous
IM/P2P applications always are the top considerations of IT managers.
The acquisition of IMLogic by Symantec reflects the trends and
potential, with higher recognition by those security and infrastructure
management software vendors, such as Computer Associates, IBM, HP and
Although the encrytion algorithm used by Skype, AES, is strong enough
for personal and common enterprise users. However, the lack of
management interface and tools will be the obstruct to its adoption at
EIM market. Alternatively, considering the openness and extensibility
of Jingle/Jabber, It's easy to predict that there will be a series of
collaborative tools or platform based on Jingle/Jabber that will be
emerging at 2006 to meet the demands from SOHO/SMB.
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