Thursday, June 16, 2005

Xten joins the Yahoo! Messenger arsenal: now what? OK, here's what

Russell Shaw

Now this is getting real interesting.
Late yesterday, Xten Networks, which makes VoIP-enabled softphones, said that Yahoo! has licenced the Xten eyeBeam software development kit to deliver SIP-based VoIP in Yahoo! Messenger.
Yahoo! Messenger director (now that sounds like a fun job) Frazier Miller said that the app will be for PC-to-PC calling.
Earlier this week if you remember (or even if you don't), Yahoo! announced it was buying softphone provider and developer Dialpad.
To analyze how the two announcements might affect Yahoo! Messenger's voice capabilities, I looked at the overview of the eyeBeam SDK.
It has 28 APIs (Application Programming Interface) models. The IM API has some robust development design functionality for call management and contact management menus.
I wouldn't be surprised then, if Yahoo! Messenger uses the Dialpad GUI, but integrates the functionality capable of being formulated by the eyeBeam SDK to beef up call management functions necessary to get Dialpad to work within Yahoo! Messenger.
So,putting two and three together, it sounds to me that what we have here is a souped-up Yahoo! Messenger with under-the-hood SIP-based PC to PC calling technology based on Xten's SDK, but with the Dialpad GUI spawned within Yahoo! Messenger when you make a call to actual phone numbers.
What happens, then, is a souped up Yahoo! Messenger that is a feature-set rival to Skype, and by virtue of a presumed low price point, will compete with pure-play VoIP providers such as Vonage and Packet 8. Oh,and with PSTN services too - such as Yahoo!s broadband Internet access partner SBC.
Eventually, though, as I said here Tuesday, I'd look for a co-branded SBCYahoo! IM client.
Now, it becomes clear, the VoIP component will run on Dialpad, with eyeBeam under the hood.


Blogger Joe Muka said...

Hi, Saw your site late night. Some of your ideas I may use for my site about buster voip It's kind of a boring topic...I liked some of your info.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Could any bloggers out there suggest a good site for

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Blog! A real pleasure to read! Do you know that Traffic Portals will really boost your conversion rates and generate exclusively yours leads? We offer VOIP webinars - Marketing Courses Using Web Conferences about Traffic Portals I also have a website that talks about various high profile topics such as Retirement and includes an eBusiness Directory. I also would like to tell all of you reading this terrific blog about Retirement that should you be in need of a terrific host for a serious eCommerce Website that is Awesome Hosting value! They have the best online support team for all of your technical questions and a 3 minute emergency pager too. Looking to start your own affiliate program? They have an excellent script for you! They give you $70,000 dollars worth of software to build just about any type of e-commerce website you need! Go check it out if you get a chance. You can make more money than you spend and Create Free Will for Yourself! Again, Great Blog! Thanks. The info on Retirement Sooner was very informative!

5:33 AM  
Blogger A. Weinberger said...

Hi, Thanks for your interesting blog. Keep up the great work! I also have a site & blog about telephony voip, please feel free to visit.

1:41 PM  
Blogger telekom said...


We may share some interest part of telecommunications story or update, so visit my website **Telecom** site/blog. It pretty much covers Telecommunications Updates related stuff.

Have a nice day.

10:42 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home