Happy Birthday, Skype! The world’s most famous internet messaging service celebrates it’s 10th anniversary tomorrow.
The huge success of Skype was likely not foreseen when it was introduced to the world way back in 2003.
Yet, today, a whopping 300 million people use Skype on a daily basis and together they make 2 billion minutes of online video calls a day!
However, one of the best ways to measure Skype’s tremendous success, is to realize that this brand name has now evolved into an integral part of our vocabulary.
The word ‘Skype’ is now also a verb.
Can you imagine someone asking you in 2003 to ‘Skype’ them? Or someone saying ‘I’ll Skype you later’. Probably not. This is a true testament to Skype’s value and importance in our modern world.
The success of Skype has also prompted many other internet and techno-giants to create similar technologies. The most noted of these is Apple Inc.’s ‘FaceTime’.
The brains behind Skype belong to two Scandinavian technology entrepreneurs; Janus Friis of Denmark and Niklas Zennstroem of Sweden.
The two (now highly successful) entrepreneurs launched Skype in late August of 2003, by expanding on existing peer-to-peer networking technologies.
Skype is one of the few technologies that has really touched people’s lives across the globe by bringing distant friends and families together.
Elisa Steele, chief marketing officer at Skype said: “I’m touched by the ways people use Skype, from an active duty soldier meeting his baby girl for the first time… to just the simple, extraordinarily ordinary instances.”
Skype has also filtered through to the weirdest of environments. At a zoo in Waco, Texas, two Orangutans, Mei and Mukah, are rewarded for completing tasks, by being allowed to Skype with other orangutans in other zoos.
However, many have questioned Skype’s money making abilities. Surely a business offering free international calls would be making little or no money?
Wrong. In the 12 months ended on June 30 of this year, Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices division (which includes Skype) reported an income of $848 million – more than double that of the previous year at $380 million.
Could you imagine a world without Skype? Probably not. Luckily, all signs point to Skype being a major part of our lives for at least another decade. So here’s to you, Skype, and another 10 years!
Source: My Broadband