Skype is a telecommunications application that makes a specialty of providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the net. Skype additionally provides instant messaging services. Users might transmit text, video, audio and pictures. Skype permits video conference calls.
At the end of 2010, there have been over 660 million worldwide users, with over 300 million calculable active every month as of August 2015. At one point in February 2012, there have been 34 million users at the same time on-line on Skype.
First released in August 2003, Skype was created by the Swede Niklas Zennström and the Dane Janus Friis, in cooperation with Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, Estonians who developed the backed that was additionally utilized in the music-sharing application Kazaa. In September 2005, eBay acquired Skype for $2.6 billion. In September 2009, Silver Lake, Andersen Horowitz, and therefore the Canada retirement account Investment Board declared the acquisition of 65th of Skype for $1.9 billion from eBay, which attributed to the enterprise a market price of $2.92 billion. Microsoft bought Skype in may 2011 for $8.5 billion. Skype division headquarters are in Luxembourg, however most of the development team and 440 yards of all the division's staff are still located in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.