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Skype is software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Everyday, people also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles.

Skype was founded in 2003. It’s based in Luxembourg, with offices in Europe, the US and Asia. It’s owned by an investor group led by Silver Lake and which includes eBay Inc, Joltid Limited and Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Andreessen Horowitz.

With its users making 6.4 billion minutes of calls to landlines and mobiles in the first half of 2010, Skype is a leading global Internet communications company. And of course, Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls are completely free. In the first half of 2010, Skype users made 88.4 billion minutes of Skype-to-Skype calls, and approximately 40% of these were video calls.

Skype’s buzzing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. At peak times, there are up to 23 million people online. What’s most important, however, is what Skype can do. Voice and video calling, IM and SMS are now available on a wide range of operating systems and mobile devices. They connect business colleagues, saving them time and money and allowing them to stay ahead of the competition. And they help keep friends and families together, wherever they are in the world.

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