Skype ( //) is a proprietary voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service and software application founded in 2003 by Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennström from Sweden. It has been owned by Microsoft since 2011.
The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice, video, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features, including file transfer, and videoconferencing. Competitors include SIP and H.323-based services, such as Linphone, as well as the Google Talk service, Mumble and Hall.com.
Skype has 663 million registered users as of September 2011. The network is operated by Microsoft, which has its Skype division headquarters in Luxembourg. Most of the development team and 44% of the overall employees of the division are situated in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.
Unlike most other VoIP services, Skype is a hybrid peer-to-peer and client–server system. It makes use of background processing on computers running Skype software. Skype’s original proposed name (Sky Peer-to-Peer) reflects this fact.
Some network administrators have banned Skype on corporate, government, home, and education networks, citing reasons such as inappropriate usage of resources, excessive bandwidth usage, and security concerns.
Skype has not used it’s potential, to work with local telcos to expand it’s reach, the future is an international online number, where video conferencing and voice calls and sms will merge, to provide the next call centre, the ability to link to corporate websites to have an online customer support experience, where multiple group conferencing will be the norm, I am willing to pay for such a service, and there are many others who will do the same, better go back to the drawing board to plan your next move.
Skype Online Numbers = CountryCode+AreaCode+10digit numbers where it is also possible to introduce bidded shortcuts=1-8digit numbers+#(pound) key thru programming. You can even route your calls to your mobile or anywhere in the world. Next how to solve 100 billion devices on the next generation Internet using the matrix system?
I can’t be bothered to patent my online numbers, it will be available under a CC Licence when you make money, just reserve a share for me, except those reserved for the UN, I have no choice as I need to patent those inventions, but I won’t even handle the projects, let UN manage and I do my share in research and development.
– Contributed by Oogle.