Google Voice to become Skype-killer tomorrow?August 24, 2010: 10:24 PM ET
Google is opening its Voice service to work within a Gmail window according to reports. An announcement tomorrow is too much of a coincidence.
One: Google is having a press event tomorrow morning to unveil something exciting. We don't know what.
Two: Users of Gmail are starting to see some exciting little extras in their Gmail chat windows. Google Voice is now a web app.
Normally, you see something like this:
That will soon change. CNET has posted what some select people are seeing in their Gmail account's chat windows:
In fact, the user account they profile even got a welcome screen, below:
Google (GOOG) bought former Skype VoIP and video over IP supplier Global IP Solutions earlier this year for $68 million and last year purchased VoIP provider Gizmo5, after a sale to Skype was sidelined. They have the ability to do something very big in this space.
A built in window to call mobile numbers inside Gmail might just be one of Google's next big things.