Skype announced on March 1 that it will be entering a partnership with Citrix. The two big players are planning to integrate Citrix’ web conferencing technology into Skype.
At a first glance, Skype will profit from this move tremendously. The current Skype solution is good all-right, but not when it comes to web conferencing functionalities. We tested Skype at the end of last year and the results were pretty clear: Keeping in touch via video chat works well enough, but to do some serious online collaboration you are better off with other tools.
Now it seems as if this issue is to be history soon, since Skype will be making use of the well established Citrix technology. It will be interesting to see what the “Skype-version” of web conferencing will actually look like in the end, but it is very well possible that the tool will then also have a greater appeal for business users.