Skype – Free Internet Telephony That Just Works

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  1. Hi – I was checking another blog at zdnet.com about Skype and saw this very interesting post by Russell Shaw – If you are thinking about Skype in your enterprise, YOU MUST read this first located at http://blogs.zdnet.com/ip-telephony/?p=984. The post describes from a network and from sa systems perspective the security risks with Skype and leaves you with some conclusions that suggest operating Skype from within your enterprise would pose some serious security risks. I was also wondering if you had ideas on what was the best of the breed for SIP/VOIP phone services.

  2. Hello Dennis and welcome to elsua! Thanks very much for the feedback comments ! I really appreciate you actually shared with us the weblog post by Russell as I think it adds up some very interesting perspectives that people should be very much aware of whenever they would attempt to make use of Skype in the enterprise. Some food for thought that I will also be sure to follow up on and see what the folks from Skype say. Thus thanks again for that link !

    Regarding your second query I am not sure if they would be best of breed but the three of them which I am very fond of and which I have made extensive use of are as follows:

    • IBM Community Tools and then IBM Lotus Sametime 7.5: the latter an IBM product already on its alpha status (Not available externally just yet)  and which I will weblog about it some time over the next few weeks as it moves into a Beta release.
    • Google Talk: perhaps one of the most interesting offerings because of its extensibility with other Open source IM protocols.
    • Damaka: another worth while offering to look into specially because of its integration capabilities with other web services.
    • Gizmo Project: an Open source IM / VoIP client which is grabbing a nice momentum as well.
    • Jajah: Specially the cool web version option for which I will weblog about some time soon. Highly recommended.
    • Voipbuster: If you are interested in some very competitive rates for VoIP with some good quality VoIP capabilities.

    As you will be able to see lots of different options but certainly very worth while exploring and playing around with them. Have a look into the links themselves for some reviews I have done about them in the past. Hope that helps. Thanks again for the feedback !

  3. I am in USA – new to internet – how much
    and how do I get free anything ;mail or phone etc
    – I use a free computer at the library-thank
    you- if you can please give me some information .

  4. Hi Bob, well, if you live in the US now you actually have got a couple of good choices. Obviously, for e-mail you can always make use of GMail, or Yahoo! Mail. Whatever is easier for you. And if you can install it for your free of charge calls you can make use of Skype which offers free calls to landlines in the US and Canada. So you may want to give it a try, as long as you would be able to install it at that particular computer. Good luck !

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