Happy Birthday, Skype! The worldâ€™s most famous internet messaging service celebrates itâ€™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 Skypeâ€™s tremendous success, is to realize that this brand name has now evolved into an integral part of our vocabulary.
The word â€˜Skypeâ€™ is now also a verb.
Can you imagine someone asking you in 2003 to â€˜Skypeâ€™ them? Or someone saying â€˜Iâ€™ll Skype you laterâ€™. Probably not. This is a true testament to Skypeâ€™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.â€™s â€˜FaceTimeâ€™.
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 peopleâ€™s lives across the globe by bringing distant friends and families together.
Elisa Steele, chief marketing officer at Skype said: â€œIâ€™m touched by the ways people use Skype, from an active duty soldier meeting his baby girl for the first timeâ€¦ to just the simple, extraordinarily ordinary instances.â€
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 Skypeâ€™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, Microsoftâ€™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 hereâ€™s to you, Skype, and another 10 years!
Source: My Broadband