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Knowledge Identifier: $Skype



proprietary Voice over IP service and software application add

Category: Business (10)

Launched in 2003.

Countries: (41%), United States (21%), China (7%)

Main connections: Microsoft, Microsoft Mobile Services, Internet

Linked to: Microsoft, Federal Communications Commission, Communist Party of China, National Emergency Number Association




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Skype was first released in 2003 written by Estonian developers Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, Danish Janus Friis, and Swedish Niklas Zennström, who had originally developed Kazaa add something


Skype was founded in 2003 by Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennström from Sweden add something


In August 2003, the first public beta version was released add something


Open Garden - In the period between 2004 and 2005, Benoliel was working with $ Skype, as well as negotiating the deals with European telcommunication companies that provided the fundamentals for Skype In and Skype Out. Ongaro spent much of his career with IBM's Federal Chief Technology Office


Voice over IP - In 2005, $ Skype invited a researcher, Tom Berson, to assess the security of the Skype software, and his conclusions are available in a published report


Jaan Tallinn - Tallinn sold his shares in Skype in 2005, when it was purchased by eBay


Wengo - In September 2005, Wengo opened its visiophony service at the same time as Skype on a cross platform


A third party paper analyzing the security and methodology of Skype was presented at Black Hat Europe 2006 add something


Wengo - Wengo and Skype started offering free PSTN calls in 2006, which accelerated the commoditization of telephony calls


Niklas Zennstrom - After the sale of Skype, Zennström went on in 2007 to launch Joost, an online video distribution service


On 16 August 2007, Skype became unavailable for two days to a majority of its users add something


Since September 2007, users in China trying to download the Skype software client have been redirected to the site of TOM Online, a joint venture between a Chinese wireless operator and Skype, from which a modified Chinese version can be downloaded add something


Niklas Zennstrom - Zennström was CEO from Skype's inception until September 2007


Hutchison 3G - In November 2007, 3 started to sell the Skypephone, which was developed in conjunction with the Chinese phone manufacturer Amoi and $ Skype, combining the functionality of a UMTS handset with free voice calls and instant messages from Skype


While the specific detection methods used by these companies are often private, Pearson's chi-squared test and Naive Bayes classification are two approaches that were published in 2008 add something


Honker Union - In May 2008, the Tibetan writer/blogger and political dissident Tsering Woeser, was reported to be under cyber-attack through her Skype and email accounts being impersonated, her website was hacked


Several media sources reported that at a meeting about the "Lawful interception of IP based services" held on 25 June 2008, high-ranking unnamed officials at the Austrian interior ministry said that they could listen in on Skype conversations without problems add something


In October 2008, it was reported that TOM had been saving the full message contents of some Skype text conversations on its servers, apparently focusing on conversations containing political issues such as Tibet, Falun Gong, Taiwan independence, and the Chinese Communist Party add something


Karl Logan - In 2009 Karl accepted a limited number of students one-to-one guitar lessons over Skype


Niklas Zennstrom - In 2009 Zennström was part of the investment consortium that bought $ Skype Technologies from eBay and re-joined the Skype board


In February 2009 Skype said that, not being a telephone company owning phone lines, it is exempt from CALEA and similar laws, which regulate US phone companies, and in fact it is not clear whether Skype could support wiretapping even if it wanted to add something


On 20 February 2009 the European Union's Eurojust agency announced that the Italian Desk at Eurojust would "play a key role in the coordination and cooperation of the investigations on the use of internet telephony systems , such as 'Skype' add something


Baconnaise - Baconnaise was discussed on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on April 24, 2009 when Esch and Lefkow were interviewed by Winfrey via Skype


Yuuguu - In May 2009 Yuuguu added integration with Skype to its client


Videotelephony - In the mass market media, the popular U.S. TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey incorporated videotelephony into her TV program on a regular basis from May 21, 2009, with an initial episode called "Where the Skype Are You-", as part of a marketing agreement with the Internet telecommunication company Skype


Videotelephony - In the mass market media, the popular U.S. TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey incorporated videotelephony into her TV program on a regular basis from May 21, 2009, with an initial episode called "Where the Skype Are You-", as part of a marketing agreement with the Internet telecommunication company Skype


EBay - To focus on its core e-commerce and payments businesses, eBay Inc. sold a majority stake in Skype in November 2009, retaining a minority investment in the company


Skype has 663 million registered users as of the end of 2010 add something


EastLink (company) - EastLink claimed at public forums in early 2010 that the service would operate at under 100ms latency and accordingly be useful for VoIP from arbitrary third parties such as Skype, but this has not been verified


Calliflower - In 2010, Skype was integrated fully into the application to provide free VOIP calls


Rdio - Rdio was created by Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis on August 3rd, 2010


In January 2010 Skype rescinded their policy of seizing funds in Skype accounts that have been inactive for 180 days add something


Skype disabled Fring users from accessing Skype in July 2010 add something


Viber - Viber was initially launched for iPhone on December 2, 2010, in direct competition with Skype


On 22 December 2010, it was reported that Skype experienced an outage estimated to represent 8 million foregone calls add something


On 23 December 2010, Skype said on its blog that the system had stabilized, and a detailed explanation of the incident was published six days later add something


On 23 December 2010, Skype's blog with Tony Bates issued another apology through a video posted on YouTube for the Skype outage add something


In 2011 Skype partnered with Comcast to bring its video chat service to Comcast subscribers via their HDTV sets add something


Silver Lake Partners - After the sale of Skype to Microsoft in 2011, Silverlake was accused of unfairly depriving an employee of an options windfall


Neknominate - An early mention was made of the game on Twitter in 2011, when a British man mentioned playing it with a friend via Skype


Jewish Defense League - In 2011, the Canadian JDL organized a "support rally" for the English Defence League featuring a live speech, via Skype, by EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon


Walter Lewin - Since 2011, Lewin started giving lecture on Skype for small classes all over the world


In January 2011, after the release of video calling on the Skype client for iPhone, Skype reached a record 27 million simultaneous online users add something


Telax Hosted Call Center - On February 8, 2011, Telax announced the release of a Skype expansion for the 3,0 add-on


Silver Lake Partners - BloombergBusinessweek Magazine, June 23, 2011 At issue was a clause in the Skype employee stock option grant agreement


Facebook - On July 6, 2011, Facebook launched its video calling services using Skype as its technology partner


According to a 2012 "Washington Post" article, Skype "has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats and other user information available to police"; the article additionally mentions Skype made changes to allow authorities access to addresses and credit card numbers add something


In 2012, Skype introduced automatic updates to better protect users from security risks, but received some challenge from users of the Mac product, as the updates cannot be disabled from version 5,6 on, both on Mac OS and Windows versions, although in the latter, and only from version 5,9 on, automatic updating can be turned off in certain cases add something


On 25 February 2012, Skype announced that it has over 32 million users for the first time ever add something


In June 2012, Skype had surpassed 70 million downloads on an Android Device add something


Farouq Brigades - In August 2012, Lieutenant Abdul Razzaq Tlass, one of the Farouq Brigades top leaders, was implicated in a sex scandal when video was posted to YouTube appearing to show him having cybersex with a woman through Skype


In November 2012, Skype was reported to have handed over user data of a pro-Wikileaks activist to Dallas, Texas-based private security company iSIGHT Partners without a warrant or court order add something


Supreme Court of Bangladesh - Justice Mohammad Nizamul Huq resigned from the post of International Crimes Tribunal -1 chairman on December 11, 2012 amid controversy for holding Skype conversations with an expatriate Bangladeshi legal expert based in Belgium


Microsoft Office 365 - A new Office 365 Home Premium plan aimed at home users was introduced; the new plan offers access to the Office 2013 suite for up to five computers, along with expanded SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype calls monthly


Microsoft Mobile Services - In 2013 & & Microsoft launched the Skype WiFi app in the Windows Store and at the time Microsoft claimed that the service works with over a million hotspots around the world


The Kinks - In a 2013 Skype interview Dave Davies expressed interest in doing reunions shows


Pussy Riot - It debuted at the 2013 Sundance film festival, after which Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich fielded questions from the audience via Skype


On January 9, 2013, Microsoft revealed that it intends to retire Windows Live Messenger in favor of its Skype service, although Messenger will continue in mainland China add something


Microsoft began this transition in April 8, 2013, and completed the move by April 30 add something


On June 17, 2013 Skype released a free video messaging service which can be operated on Windows and Mac OS, iOS, Android and BlackBerry add something


On August 12, 2013 Skype released the 4,10 update to the app for Apple iPhone and iPad that allows HD quality video for iPhone 5 and fourth generation iPads add something


Silver Lake Partners - In October 2013, Skype's Chief Operating Officer and Development Chief, Mark Gillett's departure from Microsoft and his succeeding Charles Giancarlo as a managing director and head of value creation was announced, while Mr Giancarlo was announced to be transitioning to a be a senior advisor to the firm


Amaryllo - Amaryllo introduced WebRTC-based smart home products after Microsoft terminated embedded Skype services in mid 2014.Company has been developing a series of camera robots with focus on its auto-tracking and facial recognition technologies since


Skype - On 15 January 2014, it was announced that Skype's international traffic volume continues to grow even more add something


Qik - On March 19, 2014, Skype and Qik users received emails about the service being retired


On August 8, 2014 Skype sent an email to users who have ever signed in to Skype via its Symbian app informing them that the Symbian Skype app will stop working "within the next few weeks" add something


On August 13, 2014, Skype made notification that support for Android 2,2 and earlier devices will be dropped add something


Hutchison 3G - $ Skype have started sending emails indicating the Skype on 3 service will be terminated on 30 September 2014, in spite of Three's original "free for life" advertising


Skype - After shutting down Qik in April 2014, Skype relaunched the service as Skype Qik on 14 October 2014 add something


Qik - The new Skype Qik service was launched on October 14, 2014


Skype - On 20 November 2014, Microsoft Office's team announced that a new chat powered by Skype is going to be implemented in their software, giving tools to be able to chat with co-workers in the same document add something


As of 2015, this has still not been fixed add something


Microsoft Mobile Services - In 2015 & & Microsoft rebranded the Lync messaging service to & Skype for Business, a move accompanied by the fact that the Microsoft Lync team and Skype Technologies were moved into a single business unit


Microsoft Mobile Services - Microsoft is rebranding its unified-communications line-up from Lync to Skype for Business, and is readying the next releases of those products for the first half of 2015


Paula Tilbrook - She briefly reprised her role in "Emmerdale" on Christmas Day 2015, when Betty appeared via Skype to speak to the villagers


Microsoft Mobile Services - & & Microsoft officially discontinued the service alongside & Nokia Mail on the 9th of March 2015 and Nokia accounts on April 19, 2015 in favour of Microsoft's own instant messaging service, Skype and Microsoft's own e-mailing service,


Microsoft Mobile Services - In June 2015, & & Microsoft announced that they were in the process of rebranding Skype WiFi into Microsoft WiFi


On June 11, 2015, it was announced that a limited version designed for Windows 8 called Skype for Modern Windows would be discontinued on July 7 and users would be required to use the full desktop version add something


Microsoft Mobile Services - The Skype for Business application was first rebranded on Windows Phone in July 2015 and was gradually introduced to other platforms


Skype - On 15 September 2015, Skype announced the release of Mojis, "a brand new way to express yourself on Skype add something


Skype - Due to an outage happened in September 21, 2015, that affected several users in New Zealand, Australia and other countries, Skype decided to compensate their costumers with 20 minutes of free calls to over 60 landline and 8 mobile phone numbers add something


Hilary Putnam - He had delivered his last Skype talk entitled "Thought and Language" in an International Conference on "The Philosophy of Hilary Putnam," at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay on 3 October 2015 organized by his loving student Sanjit Chakraborty


In January 2016, Skype announced it would roll out free group video calling to users on mobile devices, including iOS and Android add something


In February 2016, Microsoft announced that it had started to introduce group calling on smartphones and tablets in North America and Western Europe add something


Qik - On February 22, 2016, Microsoft announced their plans to retire the Skype Qik app on March 24 citing low usage


Microsoft Mobile Services - On February 22, 2016, Microsoft announced their plans to retire the Skype Qik app on March 24 citing low usage


Andrew Fastow - In April 2016, Fastow spoke at the Ivey Business School via Skype, as he is currently not allowed to enter Canada; Fastow received a standing ovation at the end of his speech


In July 2016, Skype introduced an early Alpha version of a new Skype for $ Linux client, built with WebRTC technology, after several petitions had asked Microsoft to continue development for Linux add something


Skype - On September 30, 2016, Skype updated their iOS app with new features, including an option to call contacts on Skype through Siri voice commands add something


Bikram Choudhury - In October 2016, Choudhury's attorney stated that his client will not return to the United States to defend himself in person at the other pending court cases, and hopes to be able to testify via Skype


Skype - On 27 October 2016 Microsoft launched Skype for Business for Mac. add something


Messages (application) - The most popular IM platforms closed, such as $AIM (AOL_Instant_Messenger) closed in 2017, and Windows Live Messenger was merged into Skype


In February 2017, Microsoft announced plans to discontinue its Skype Wi-Fi service globally add something


The application will be delisted, and the service itself will no longer function after March 31, 2017 add something


Microsoft Office 365 - In April 2017, Microsoft announced that when Office 2016 loses mainstream support on October 13, 2020, access to OneDrive for Business, and Office 365-hosted servers for Skype for Business, will become unavailable to those who are not using Office 365 ProPlus or Office perpetual in mainstream support


Deep packet inspection - In April 2017, all VOIP applications including FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Whatsapp calls and Skype have been all blocked in the country


AVST - In June 2017, AVST enhanced the Skype for Business telephony user experience with Click-to-Call functionality and the handling of complex call forwarding scenarios


Skype - On 5 June 2017, Microsoft announced its plans to revamps Skype to resemble Snapchat, allowing users to share temporary copies of their photos and video files add something


On September 2017, Microsoft closed the Stockholm office, firing 120 people, to reduce geographical footprint and co-locate teams to enable better collaboration, improved engineering efficiencies and increase the pace of innovation and quality add something


Skype - On November 2017, Microsoft acquired SWNG a photo app and integrated it into Skype add something


Skype - In December 2017, Microsoft added "Skype Interviews", a shared code editing system for those wishing to run job interviews for programming roles add something


Skype - As of August, 2018, Skype now supports end-to-end encryption across all platforms add something


Amazon Echo - In November 2018, a major new feature was launched that will allow users to make Skype calls


Skype - In December 2018 Skype announced it's going to add captions and subtitles during live calls add something


Bessemer Venture Partners - As of 2019, the firm had invested in over 120 IPOs, including Shopify, Yelp, LinkedIn, Skype, LifeLock, Twilio, SendGrid, DocuSign,, Box and VeriSign