Friday, August 30, 2013

Global Reach: Skype Celebrates 10th Birthday, 300 Million Users, Conversations Total 2.6 Billion Years

According to EFE, Skype is celebrating its 10th birthday with 300 million active users and conversations totaling 2.6 billion years worth of time.

The unique service which has brought global citizens closer together by easing spoken communications for both entrepreneurs and conglomerates alike.

The first phone call using Skype on a personal computer was made in April 2003 in Estonia, but it was not until August 29 of that year that the first beta version of the voice over IP service was released.

COMMENT: Skype was successful as a pioneer in video calls and HD video calls, and has tried to always be available on all platforms – PCs, television, tablets and smartphones – as well as on operating systems.

Some 50 million people use the service on peak days, with video calling the most popular feature.

Skype, which was founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis in Estonia, was acquired by eBay for $2.6 billion in 2005 and was later taken private and became a unit of Microsoft in 2011, selling for $8.5 billion. 

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