Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Yahoo Buys DialPad

Leonardo Faoro - The VoIP Weblog


The company that created the portal content business, Yahoo, will soon announce that it is purchasing a much smaller company that was a pioneer in the consumer VoIP business—Dialpad. The details are sketchy, but it appears Dialpad employees are going to become employees of Yahoo, and that Dialpad’s software product Chameleon, a PC-to-PSTN softphone, is going to become a part of Yahoo Messenger.
Yahoo has a long way to go in catching up to Skype, the dominant PC-to-PSTN and free-calling player, and Dialpad currently suffers from number of rather obvious deficiencies. For one, while it supports SIP, Chameleon doesn’t run on Macs or Linux, something SKype has been doing for a long time. I wouldn’t expect this to change, as Yahoo has been snubbing Mac and Linux users for a decade now with its exploitation of Windows-only API in its applications like Y! Chat and Y! Messenger.
Anyway—that’s the news in a nutshell. Now go tell all your friends you read it here first!

Update! Thanks to GameGirl for sending in a tip on this one— I didn’t notice it when I posted the original story. Keep up the great work, Gamegirl! (Her web site is realtechnews.com. You better visit it since she scooped me!)

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