Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) company Skype has warned that internet search engines such as Yahoo!, Microsoft and AOL represent a real threat to their business, according to Search Engine Journal (SEJ).

According to a statement, the company believes that search engines and online marketing companies currently acquiring or launching VoIP systems are a bigger threat to Skype’s market share due to the size of their existing customer base.

In the statement Niklas Zennstroem, chief executive at Skype, said: "I think the biggest threat to us is companies like Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Time Warner’s AOL."

Writing for SEJ, editor of TechWhack Sushubh Mittal states that it is interesting that arguably Skype’s biggest potential threat, Google, is not mentioned in the statement.

"Interestingly, Google is not mentioned [having] launched a VoIP-capable system and are said to be readying themselves for an ISP kind of role for American market," he said.

Earlier this year Google announced in its official blog that it had acquired Grand Central Communications for an undisclosed fee.

Grand Central offers users a single number for all its telephone lines and supplies a mailbox for accessing all voice messages; the mailbox can also be accessed online.

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