Eight years after its introduction, VOIP is having its moment. Indeed, 2004 is sure to be the year in which the technology hits prime time.... because no technology story is complete without IBM or Microsoft, rest assured that both companies are muscling in on the competition to provide a platform for application development around IP telephony--IBM through its Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing product, and Microsoft through Windows XP on the desktop, Windows CE for wireless and its Windows and Live Communications Servers. Many analysts believe that when the dust clears, VOIP hardware will become a commodity, made by a firm like Dell, while a few communications companies will have their hand in the software pie--and that Microsoft and IBM may be calling the shots over the long term.
Link: Time: Say hello to the next phone war >

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