I had a chance, while at ETel, to meet with Sightspeed CEO Peter Csathy. Sightspeed is one of the leaders in video conferencing applications for the PC, and ships their product in a large number of different OEM configurations.
Anyway, three weeks ago, Peter gave me a preview of what their upcoming release, Sightspeed 4.5, would look like. New UI, and a new community / public directory model, transform Sightspeed from a point to point communications tool, into a virally propagated video communications tool. Skype is trying to do this, but doesn’t have near the video quality that Sightspeed has. And that, of course, will be the big differentiator. Just as Skype disrupted the VoIP market by proving that PC to PC voice could be a quality experience, Sightspeed has the same opportunity with PC to PC video.
Sightspeed 4.5 releases today.