Skype

Skype. We’ve all heard of it and have used it at one point or another. Having been around since 2003, the impact that it had during its starting years may be under appreciated today. Skype has allowed us to connect with people anywhere in the world through text, voice, and video for free, which is ultimately its biggest selling point.

Skype is a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video conferencing and instant messaging client with over 300 million users world wide as of January 2013. Originally, Skype was founded by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom but Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn were behind the software of Skype. During these early days it was used as an instant messaging service and phone calls for the high price of, well, nothing to anyone else that also used it. That was the beauty of it, and it took off in a time where making international phone calls could be quite costly.

In late 2005 video calls were introduced as another feature for Skype and since Skype has created more features that allow its users to use Skype to call mobile and landlines at an alternative and somewhat cheaper price. In 2006 it was owned by eBay but eventually, the popularity of the program allowed Skype to use on Apple and Android devices. Skype is constantly being improved upon to have faster and higher quality connections and in 2011 Microsoft paid 8.5 billion dollars for the company.

Today Skype continues to grow and expand into all aspects of technological communication and is being incorporated into many aspects of Microsoft’s already existing features and programs. However, Skype has been the victim of many security threats and hacking into their system, which raises the question of its reliability and its dangers to its users.

Skype has many great uses and its ability to connect people has expanded rapidly throughout its 10 years. However its underlying problems of security as well as Microsoft’s purchase of the company calls to question how long Skype can keep expanding.  

 

 

References:

advertising.microsoft.com/es-xl/…/User/…/Skype-Audience-Stats.pdf‎ accessed 16th March 2014

http://www.geekosystem.com/skype-history-infographic/ accessed 16th March 2014

http://www.brighthub.com/office/collaboration/articles/6109.aspx accessed 16th March 2014

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