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Google's voice strategy

Can Google change the telecom game?  That’s the question Paul Kretkowski asks in Google’s VoIP Strategy.  The thesis is that by combining VoIP and search, a new class of applications will be unleashed.  Imagine voicemail searchable by content, for instance.

Skeptics point out that GoogleTalk’s subscribership is not much to write home about.  Moreover, the problem of scanning and indexing audio files is hard.  Sure it is.  That’s why companies like Nexidia (debuted at DEMO 2006) have been able to garner VC attention.

From this writers viewpoint, voice seems like it has become an afterthought at Google. Perhaps there’s more lurking beneath the surface.  Perhaps the giant will awake and surprise us all.  One can only hope.

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