Skype Turns 10, Prepares 3D Video Calls
A decade and hundreds of millions of users later, Skype explores a new frontier: 3D calling.Microsoft is celebrating the "decade of meaningful conversations" that Skype, its VOIP software, has enabled during its time on the market. On its Website, the company recalled that on Aug. 29, 2003, "Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis founded what was to become an indispensable communications solution for more than 300 million people worldwide." The software giant acquired Skype in 2011 in a deal valued at $8.5 billion, after a stint as an eBay property and as a company owned by private investors. When eBay snapped up Skype in 2005, the service boasted about 53 million registered users. In the years since, Skype has grown dramatically and has reached impressive levels of user engagement. "It's amazing that more than 1.4 trillion minutes of voice and video calls have been made using Skype," wrote Elisa Steele, Skype's chief marketing officer, in a company blog post. "That's the equivalent of more than 2.6 million years of conversations made in only ten years' time!" Offering a glimpse at what the next decade has in store for the popular IP communications service, Skype Corporate Vice President Mark Gillett revealed in a BBC interview that his company is working on 3D video calls.
"We've done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture," Gillett told the U.K. news outlet. He added that the technology landscape is aligning in a manner that may make 3D calls a viable communications alternative. "We've seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of people now buy TVs and computer monitors that are capable of delivering a 3D image," he said.