Google Threatens Skype with new Chrome APIs
Does this signal the end the Skype’s reign over video chat? Probably not immediately, since Skype can take advantage of new browser technology just as easily as others (assuming its codecs play nice with Google’s VP8). In addition, even if Google gets WebRTC into Firefox and Safari, it’s unlikely we’ll see WebRTC in Explorer anytime soon, especially given Skype's new owner. Though, you have to wonder what's taking Skype so long in releasing its own Web API.
Of course, the chat game is about owning users’ contact lists. Could Facebook be the surprise winner in a world of API-enabled, real-time browser communication?