Whitlock Comments on Microsoft's Pending Skype Purchase

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Whitlock, a global audiovisual solutions provider, believes that Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Skype will accelerate the adoption of videoconferencing for consumers and enterprises worldwide.

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Julian Phillips, Vice President, Whitlock

Once Microsoft integrates this capability into their business and consumer products, having a 3-minute video chat could be as common as a 3-minute typed email exchange.

Julian Phillips, Vice President of Whitlock, a global audiovisual solutions provider, believes that Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Skype will accelerate the adoption of videoconferencing across the enterprise. Commenting on Microsoft’s announcement to spend $8.5 billion in cash to acquire the leading consumer Internet voice and video communications platform, Phillips asserts, “Whereas Cisco’s acquisition of Tandberg last year validated video as a network application, Skype’s user friendliness and ease of deployment across the internet, especially for mobile users, will help drive massive adoption for businesses as well as consumers.”

Most home user's experience of making a video call is Skype, whether it be from their PC or their cell phone. “Once Microsoft integrates this capability into their business and consumer products, having a 3-minute video chat could be as common as a 3-minute typed email exchange,” states Phillips.

According to the New York Times, “The future of communications, industry analysts and executives say, will be animated by Internet technology and rests increasingly on video calls, as well as voice and text messages.”

Doug Hall, CEO at Whitlock, adds, “We welcome the news that Microsoft intends to buy Skype as this pumps more investment and focus into the most exciting segment of the information technology market.”

Whitlock is a global leader in AV integration, videoconferencing solutions and managed services. The company helps clients maximize, standardize and protect the value of their audiovisual technology investments. Whitlock has over 20 locations across the U.S. and is a founder and partner in the Global Presence Alliance, which provides systems integration, standards, quality control and support for audiovisual services worldwide. http://www.whitlock.com

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