Andy points to a report on Pacific Epoch which says that there might be 2 million users of Skype’s chinese version. And then asks the most important question: “Everyone looks at Skype’s impact on telephony, but what about on IM? Of late I personally have been having more chats with people using Skype, than on the other services. While some of my ‘buddies’ seem to still be tied to older IM clients, the rest of the people I have been chatting with seem to be appearing on Skype.” Oh Oh… it is time for Yahoo, MSN and AOL to get their VoIP groove on, fast!
Interesting point of view. I don’t agree that voice (through any technology) will actually replace IM. It is just not the same experience. In my view IM is short and very to the point, whereas with voice you’ll be talking about the weather before you know it 🙂 .