Skype was founded around 10 years ago and now it is used by over 300 million people worldwide. Microsoft bought Skype in 2011 for around $8.5 billion after it was owned by eBay for several years. When eBay bought Skype in 2005, the service had around 53 million registered users.
“It’s amazing that more than 1.4 trillion minutes of voice and video calls have been made using Skype,” stated Skype chief marketing officer Elisa Steele. “That’s the equivalent of more than 2.6 million years of conversations made in only ten years’ time!”
Skype Corporate Vice President Mark Gillett confirmed that Skype is now working on 3D video calling. “We’ve done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture,” stated Gillett in an interview with the BBC. Considering 3D calling is in the “labs,” it may be a while before we see it arrive on the market.
Skype enabled video calling on Outlook.com earlier this month in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Brazil, France, and Canada. This feature lets Outlook users talk face-to-face from within the website. Skype will be deeply integrated in Windows 8.1 when it arrives in October.