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A blog by Devendra Tewari

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Microsoft buys Skype, advice for Google

I thought Google or Facebook would buy Skype when I read some rumors to that effect. So, I was rather surprised to hear that Microsoft was in the fray and has now closed a deal.

Historically, Google has been an integrative force that breaks down silos with web search. It is then quite frustrating to see them creating walled gardens. One example - a total lack of a VoIP offering for iOS. Google Voice does not count because it is currently available to US customers only. It is sad to see them get so big that they don’t offer their wares across all the different platforms they could. In the process, they refuse to learn, and start marching towards being marginalized to a particular niche. I’d hate to think that niche for Google is Android. It is too small compared to web search.

Here’s a list of Google services that could be everywhere - especially on iOS

To summarize the above, my message to Google would be: Don’t ignore apps on non-Android devices - make your services omnipresent.