When I first picked up on Skype in September 2003, I wrote the following: “I just hope they haven’t missed the boat… people would have killed for this in the mid-90’s when Voice-over-IP was hot and VoxChat, iPhone, and some of the other radical companies were breaking new ground. If this works as promised, then someone will have to outlaw it… always a good test!” (full entry here).
Well guess what: (a) they did not miss the boat; (b) they are that good that there will probably be the legal battles I predicted. For instance, see Leigh Phillips on ‘Skype vs FBI?’.
Anyway, Skype’s combined quality, easy of use, and cool feature set (no-brainer impromptu conference calls, calls to landlines and mobile phones on the way) make it a winner.