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Skype allows users to communicate over the Internet by voice using a microphone, by video using a webcam, and by instant messaging.
Skype for Windows, On 12 September 2005, e Bay Inc.
agreed to acquire Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA for approximately US$2.5 billion in up-front cash and e Bay stock, plus potential performance-based consideration.
Shortly after its acquisition, Microsoft began integrating the Skype service with its own products.
Along with taking over development of existing Skype desktop and mobile apps, the company developed a dedicated client app for its newly released, touch-focused Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems.
On 11 November 2014, Microsoft announced that in 2015, Lync would be replaced by Skype for Business.
Users may have more than one account; it is not possible to count users, only accounts.The volume of international traffic routed via Skype is significant. Later, a mobile version was created for Windows Phones.
Some network administrators have banned Skype on corporate, government, home, and education networks, Throughout 20, Microsoft redesigned its Skype clients in a way that transitioned Skype from peer-to-peer service to a centralized Azure service and adjusted the user interfaces of apps to make text-based messaging more prominent than voice calling.It has become the largest international voice carrier (by minutes of calls). In 2012, Skype introduced a new version for Windows 8 similar to the Windows Phone version.which was released as a preview version for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and dubbed as the stable version with the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update.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 backend that was also used in the music-sharing application Kazaa.In September 2005, e Bay acquired Skype for $2.6 billion.Skype division headquarters are in Luxembourg, but most of the development team and 44% of all the division's employees are still situated in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.