Skype shows no signs of slow down as it reaches a 45M concurrent user peak

Skype shows no signs of slow down as it reaches a 45M concurrent user peak
Skype turned nine years old in August, and it has been quite a ride for the internet service providing free over-the-internet voice and video calling, as well as instant messaging.

One might think that after being acquired by a behemoth like Microsoft, things might gum up the works a bit. However, it looks like the opposite is unfolding. Mobile apps for Skype are available for just about every mobile OS currently in use, iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, and even BlackBerry if you are a Verizon customer. Microsoft’s buyout of Skype in 2011 set the stage for what is sure to be deep integration into Windows 8 which further set more expectations about what role Skype would play in Windows Phone 8.  Skype's acquisitions of Qik and GroupMe may bear fruit in the Windows environment as well.

The integration with Windows 8 will add fuel to the growth of Skype. Just last week, it looks like Skype served a peak 45,469,977 concurrent users online. For 2012, the service is seeing an increase of 70% to date. That is a big jump from the growth rate in 2011 which was 30%. Imagine the calling minutes that will be logged for this year, considering the estimated 300-billion calling minutes in 2011. The company has been able to remain highly relevant through three acquisitions, eBay, Silver Lake and now Microsoft. That is not a bad path to walk after humble beginnings in Estonia.

Skype has arguably reached mainstream status. People use it to stay in contact with loved ones on long trips far away. Some folks use it for everyday communication, be it voice, video or instant messaging.  Many businesses of varying sizes use Skype as well.

Click on the time-line below, use our magnifier and read more about the road Skype has traveled.  If you use Skype, tell us your experience.

sources: Skype, Skype Numerology Blog via TechCrunch


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10 Comments

1. fargeek

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I am first baby!

7. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

2. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

^ and i hereby nominate you for the next nobel prize for peace.

3. tunde1990

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Most of the figure is subject to those with more than one account, those who abandoned an old account and those who don't even use it anymore. Try to erase those numbers and you'll see how significantly these figures will reduce.

4. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Considering Microsoft (the new owner of Skype) has said they dont plan to honor the Privicy policy's of the origional owners (IE they will do whatever tickles their fancy with your voice, text, and video chats), Ill never use Skype again! It was shocking when they blaintantly said it as well... but its Microsoft, they have a nice sheep following same as apple.

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i use hangout to have group chat with my friends and family coz on skype, you need to pay! :)

6. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Im using enjoying Skype. Wondering whats next? Good luck.

8. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Skype is still the best VOIP program! Good luck!

9. kissily

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 09, 2012

I use skype all the time. It's the best.

10. kapoorsunny

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

One of the apps which should be on BB10

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