eyeBeam SDK Licensed to Enhance PC-to-PC VoIP in Instant Messaging
Xten Networks, Inc. announced today that Yahoo!, a leading global Internet company, has licensed Xten’s eyeBeam software development kit (SDK) to deliver SIP-based PC-to-PC VoIP in the new Yahoo!® Messenger Beta (http://messenger.yahoo.com).
“We are extremely pleased that Yahoo! chose Xten for this project,” commented Erik Lagerway, COO and President for Xten. “The excellent call quality with Yahoo! Messenger’s PC-to-PC calling feature is a direct result of the combined efforts of our engineering teams.”
“Providing a high-quality instant messaging service is our number one priority, which is why we choose to work with Xten Networks, the best-of-breed standards-based voice engine provider, to ensure our users have an exceptional PC-to-PC calling experience,” stated Frazier Miller, director of Yahoo! Messenger.
Yahoo! has just acquired DialPad Communications. Dialpad is a PC to Phone provider made famous by offering free PC to PSTN calls into the US in 2000-2002. They no longer provide free pc to pstn service but now that Yahoo! has bought them, hmmm…
Depending on the subscription plan, Dialpad charges as little as 1.7 cents per minute for calls, including international calls to more than 200 countries. DialPad subscribers can also buy a prepaid VoIP calling card. The company has been offering calling plans for about two years and has more than 14 million users.
New products from Yahoo that integrate DialPad technology could debut within a month, Stevens said.
Dialpad’s former COO is now the EVP Operations at Vonage and serves as an advisor on the Xten Board of Advisors (BOA). Yahoo!’s new messenger, now in beta, has a new voice powered by Xten and a voice services Product Manager from Yahoo! also sits on the Xten BOA.
I interviewed Graeme Dollar on the topic of VoIP, SIP, Video and where he thinks content rich communications is potentially headed. Graeme is a technical advisor to Xten and works for Yahoo! as a Product Manager. This video interview was recorded using ineen a free VoIP, Video and IM client built using the eyeBeam SDK from Xten.
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There has been quite a bit of press around the new Yahoo! IM with VoIP, or not VoIP depending on which review you read. Some of the reporters are scorning Yahoo! for not delivering a better PSTN offering as part of this new IM beta. I think we need to step back for a second and take a peak under the hood in order to add perspective here.
What most reporters do not understand is that this new beta is using SIP a proposed standard from the IETF. It is easy to confirm this by using a free packet analyzer called ethereal. By running ethereal while trying to call another Yahoo! user we can see that SIP is used to provide the signaling for call setup etc.
The fact that Yahoo! is now using SIP is a BIG DEAL! Open standards are the key to ubiquitous IP communications. If we can all use the same protocols when building applications and network infrastructure components we can easily connect all of these pieces together to create one big network. It has to be this way if we are to actually communicate with each other. Proprietary offerings are on their way out and Yahoo! is the first big player to make the move. I hope to see them using SIMPLE next for their IM protocol, maybe we’ll see that in version 8 🙂