Skype to generate billions for eBay

* Verizon Business becomes one of the first global service providers to offer OCS R2 managed service support

Today, we highlight two company announcements: Verizon Business is now offering a new managed service based on the recently released Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 platform and Skype is expected to generate a billion dollars in revenue for eBay by 2011.

Verizon Business last week announced that it is now offering its global business customers management of Office Communications Server 2007 R2, which was, according to the company "specifically designed to meet the real-time communication needs of today's distributed workforce." With service available immediately, Verizon Business becomes one of the first global service providers to offer OCS R2 managed service support.

Management is offered for features like on-premise Web conferencing, enterprise voice, full integration and support with any Microsoft certified PBX or SIP Trunk, and enhanced presence. Verizon Business has also an upgraded its professional services suite with improved proactive monitoring and management.

Our observation: We’re especially pleased to see a global service provider tackle OCS management because one of the biggest challenges for unified communications is multi-national service deployment and management. Kudos to Verizon for being one of the first global providers to step in with a solution.

In other news, eBay last week disclosed to its investors that it expects Skype to more than double its revenue to over $1 billion in 2011. eBay bought Skype in 2005 for $2.6 billion. In a prepared statement, eBay said, “With more than 400 million registered users currently, Skype’s metrics continue to accelerate as the company further establishes leadership in free and paid Internet-based voice and video communications, with growth opportunities in core consumer, mobile businesses and platforms."

Our observation: To the skeptics (including ourselves), who asked how in the world eBay expected to get its money back after buying Skype in 2005, we reply: make sure to check the eBay balance sheet again in two years for a progress update.

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