I just logged in the airport using Skype credit – which was a great user experience (albeit rather costly at £0.11/min). None of the usual airport nonsense with having to register / sign-up with some new service and then enter my credit card details. I just fired up Skype and there it was: screenshots below.
I’m convinced that single-sign-on / integrated services like these are going to be the big thing this year – and I think Skype really missed a trick with this – they could / should have been there before Facebook Connect.
Take the ubiquity of Facebook combined with Facebook Connect and I can start to make sense of the Chrome OS model – the idea that you could use your browser to log-in to the entire internet as a network. Windows has had the concept of binding your Windows login to a Live login for a long time now, but it’s never really taken off. It will do soon enough.