Skype

What is Skype?

Skype is one of the most well-known voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and instant messaging platforms, and has been so ingrained in popular culture that the name itself has become a colloquial verb (i.e. “skyping”) to denote a long-distance voice or video chat through the Internet. First developed by a Swedish developer Niklas Zennstrom, it was later acquired by Microsoft in 2011. In the same year, as well, Skype has registered over 633 million unique users (as of September).

Skype, which is a contraction of its original name Sky peer to peer (denoting its hybrid peer to peer and client-server system most unlike other VoIP services), offers not only chat through voice, video, and IM, but also features such as file transfer. All calls made via Skype are free, except for landlines and mobile phone numbers, which will be charged using a debit-based account system that subscribers may wish to purchase.

Skype is headquartered in the Microsoft offices at Luxembourg, and uses a proprietary VoIP network called the Skype protocol. The source code for this protocol has not been revealed by Skype, but is said to be a peer to peer telephony system, similar to Kazaa, unlike other VoIP clients that use a client-server system.

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File types supported by Skype

Our users primarily use Skype to open these file types:

About file types supported by Skype

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