Skype Calls on U.S. Congress
Skype is now available to members of U.S. Congress, paving the way for VOIP communications as a substitute to pressing of the flesh for politicians who can't travel for meetings.Skype doesn't require any more legitimacy in the wake of being acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) for $8.5 billion. The popular VOIP (Voice over IP) service got more anyway.
U.S. Congress members and their staff can now use the PC calling network, as well as one provided by ooVoo, to conduct video chat sessions with constituents and others with whom they are accustomed to pressing palms in person.
Pies said Skype worked closely with the Congressional network security team to ensure that the computer calling service is used for official business. For example, every Congressional office will have their own Skype Manager account to allow one person in each office to administer the Skype accounts. Congressional users may also configure their own privacy. The move to use Skype hews closely with the goals of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who last December announced a new Congressional calendar to spruce up efficiency of the House. Pies said Skype looks forward to also work with the U.S. Senate and other government agencies and lawmakers around the globe to use Skype to improve communications. Microsoft bid to buy Skype in May and plans to insert the technology across Microsoft products such as Windows Phone and Kinect, as well as its existing unified communications services Lync and Messenger. Skype has come under fire of late for terminating employees, only to have some of them allege questionable practices regarding their vested options.