In 2003, the human genome was sequenced to 99.99% accuracy, moviegoers flocked to see Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Finding Nemo, and J.K. Rowling released her fifth Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” And on August 29th that year, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis founded what was to become an indispensable communications solution for more than 300 million people worldwide.
Please join us in celebrating a decade of Skype! Thanks to you – our users around the world – Skype has brought millions of people together even when they are apart. It’s amazing that more than 1.4 trillion minutes of voice and video calls have been made using Skype. That’s the equivalent of more than 2.6 million years of conversations made in only ten years’ time!
During this time, you’ve used Skype to do some incredible things, and shared amazing stories with us. You’ve made Skype calls from the top of Mount Everest and research stations in Antarctica, provided essential support to refugee camps while keeping in touch with loved ones back home, and even seen orangutans enjoy video calls. It’s truly a small miracle that troops in the field get to witness the birth of their children and entire classrooms get to take the ultimate field trip to the opposite ends of the earth. We feel so privileged to have been part of these experiences and never cease to be amazed with all the ways the world uses Skype!
The infographic below takes you through a decade of fascinating people, places and behaviors Skype has inspired:
Thank you for making Skype a part of your daily life over the past ten years – for making calls, chatting with IMs, sending and receiving files, keeping in touch with one person or ten, sending video messages and letting us be part of both your everyday moments as well as your special occasions. To celebrate, we want you to enjoy 30 minutes of free Skype WiFi! Just register by signing in to your Skype account between August 29th and September 1st, and you’ll receive your free minutes that can be used any time during the next 30 days.
Also, I want to take a moment to thank the special people who bring Skype to life and make it even better every day. These 10 years would not have been possible without the incredible work of our talented employees around the world. It’s impressive to see that the same nimble mindset, innovative approach, and curious spirit still shines so brightly even after a decade. We are truly inspired to come to work every day to help keep you close to the people you care about most.
Celebrate this milestone with us by sharing your favorite Skype memory from the past decade! We’d love to hear about it on our Moment Makers’ Story Bank, Facebook or Twitter using #10YearsofSkype. And if you haven’t already joined the conversation, download Skype today.
We can’t wait to see what the next ten years will bring!