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Squawk Box May 14

The biggest story to hit the telecom world in a while, in my opinion, is Facebook’s decision to go XMPP with their chat client. I think it means a ton for SIP/Simple, for developers and the IM Gulag perpetuated by Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL. So we talked about it on the SquawkBox. Some conclusions:

Given the sheer number of Facebook users in the market, and the failure of Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL to open up their clouds to SIMPLE, is this the nail in the coffin for SIMPLE? Answer: Probably.

With popular XMPP clients like Does XMPP beat the big MSFT YHOO AOL at the IM game over the long term? Answer: maybe.

A lot of us thought that a presence cloud would be part of the telecom infrastructure. Now it looks as if it might live outside the infrastructure. Answer: Probably.

We also talked about the rumoured TouchScreen BlackBerry that has surfaced on the Boy Genius Report. Reportedly it will be a Verizon exclusive. Seems like a smart move on RIM’s part — a counter to Apple’s iPhone Mo.

On the call: Jeb Brilliant, Andy Abramson, Jim Courtney, James Body, Brad Jones, Jeanette Fisher, Ian Hood, Bill Volk, Tom Howe and Todd Spraggins.

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Andy Church May 14, 2008, 9:08 am

    wow, that is big news. Talk about the tail wagging the dog. Thanks for the post!

  • PhoneBoy May 16, 2008, 1:22 am

    Can you please tag the post squawkbox so it shows up properly in my podcast feed? kthxbye :)

  • Alec May 16, 2008, 2:50 am

    thanks PhoneBoy. Missed it this time.

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