Originally Posted by Blackintosh
So Steve Jobs steers facebook now? Wow, this guy has a lot of power. Or does he?
Typical Apple lately. Instead of using the Skype or AIM to get facetime going, we have to use Apple's proprietary format which works on nothing but other iPhone 4's on Wi Fi so it's useless right now.
We had to use Quicktime format for the old Apple TV which meant hacking or iTunes only for the most part.
Flash was no good so now we have iPhones and iPads that can't display websites until they write Apple compatible versions.
Now we have this Bing, or Ping or Pong whatever and it will be useless until the world flips over to it.
No doubt about it. Apple has set us down a path that will make the monopoly of Microsoft look like a drop in the bucket. Steve Jobs will stop short of nothing but world domination. And he intends to do this with his niche market.
Sorry. Steve, you have lost your mind.
First of all, Apple has a partnership with AIM and once the FaceTime standard is released don't be shocked to see AOL pick it up right away.
Second, Skype's video streaming is garbage, only reason it's so popular is that it's cross platform and is great at getting around firewalls (which consequently has gotten it outright banned many places).
FaceTime is not a service, it's a protocol, HUUUUGE difference. Services are limited to single companies and if corporation A uses service B it is compatible with corporation C since they use same service but corporation D uses service E and they're just out of luck cause they bought into E and it is now a legacy technology.
What has made telephones, e-mail, web, jabber, all these things so great is that they are protocols with agreed upon & regulated standards. This means All I have to do is find a service/application that utilizes these standards and I'm instantly connected to everyone else. Skype will never be a protocol, they want you to use them and only them for all your video needs.
A lot of people too complain about Apple not joining existing efforts in XMPP, yet this is not a definite. It may very well be that they submit FaceTime to become part of jingle. I'm hoping they don't as Jingle has been a sad progression of a standard, it just isn't getting anywhere fast. I'm all for Apple stepping in & coming up with a solution and then just giving it to everyone, that's really a great deal!
Open Source communities are great at starting technologies, but not so good at polishing them. Apple has helped Open Source a lot by putting some polish on a lot of technologies. It's just tiring how they continue to get bashed for not just jumping on board existing projects, like jingle, that seem to be on a road to nowhere. Don't get me wrong, not insulting open source, it's just that putting money behind a project is often a much better motivator than giving a couple of hobbyists an "ata boy!"