Skype Finds IBM is Becoming an Skype Extras Partner.

At the Skype Developers Conference in June Lou Guercia told his story about how WebDialogs became a Skype Extras Partner with their Unyte Desktop Sharing service and how this partnerships had benefited his business, along with the trial and tribulations of getting to the point where they were seeing some success.

Today WebDialogs passed a significant milestone; according to this report from Dan York, it was announced at VoiceCon 2007 this afternoon that they had been acquired by IBM for incorporation into IBM’s Lotus Software Group. From the IBM press release:

With the acquisition of WebDialogs, IBM is adding a software-as-a-service delivery model to the Lotus Sametime family of products, providing customers with choice and flexibility in how they buy and operate their web conferencing services. IBM will also integrate the service with its industry-leading collaboration portfolio, including IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Lotus Sametime software.

The WebDialogs Unyte services will expand IBM’s offerings in the Web conferencing space, particularly for the small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) segment and departments within larger organizations.

I have personally enjoyed watching as Lou, Gershon and the WebDialogs team build Unyte over the past 18 months into a first class desktop sharing service. Congratulations to them all.

Phil is attending the IBM press conference as I write this; he will probably have more observations later today; perhaps even information on how WebDialogs services will become incorporated into other voice-enabled services beyond Skype.

P.S.: It’s another of Andy Abramson’s clients who is being acquired; last month Google acquired his client Grand Central.

Tags: Skype, Unyte, WebDialogs

Powered by Qumana

About Jim Courtney

Bringing over thirty years' experience in the sales, marketing and management of cutting edge technology businesses.


  1. Skype Everywhere: Coming Soon to IBM Lotus Live Engage | Voice on the Web - May 25, 2009

    […] year ago August IBM’s Lotus Sametime Division announced the acquisition of Skype Partner Webdialogs to obtain their widely respected Unyte Desktop Sharing collaboration technology. About four months […]

  2. Demythifying the Skype Developer Story | Voice on the Web - September 13, 2009

    […] Unyte and VAPPS have been acquired by IBM’s Lotus Sametime Division and Citrix Online respectively […]

  3. Whither Skype Extras Today? Withered? | Voice on the Web - June 2, 2011

    […] the Extras publishers were acquired; for instance IBM’s Lotus Sametime division acquired the popular desktop sharing utility, Unyte. Others went away due to either  a lack of market acceptance, a failed business model or impatient […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.