Posted on 24-Aug-2005 20:29
Filed under: News
Skype is preparing to mark its second anniversary by opening up its platform to anyone who wants to integrate Skype's presence and instant messaging services into their website or application. The company expects that by opening up its platform to the web, it will now be simple for anyone to connect to Skype's fast growing member base, which has already passed more than 51 million people in those 2 years.
The move will allow developers to integrate both presence and instant messaging features into websites and applications such as online gaming, e-commerce, communications and productivity tools, instantly building community and connections between people who can chat and alert others to their online availability.
"In two short years, Skype has pioneered a revolution in global Internet communications by making it simple for anyone with an Internet connection to make and receive superior quality phone calls for free," said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and co-founder. "People love to talk, and voice is fast becoming the key category for global Internet communications. Skype's mission is to make communicating through the Internet natural and easy to do, so in addition to voice communications we offer the power of both instant messaging and presence, which have become as ubiquitous as email over the last five years. As we enter our third year in business and as the only company totally focused on global Internet communications, we think now is a perfect time to make these popular features available to anyone who wants to build community and communications into their website or applications."
In just two years, Skype's software has been downloaded over 150 million times, by users in 225 countries and territories. The platform provides services to over 51 million people who registered to use Skype's free services, and some 3 million people use the service concurrently. More than 2 million people created accounts for Skype's paid services, including SkypeIn, SkypeOut and the Skype Voicemail.
With SkypeIn users are assigned a standard telephone number, and can receive calls from landlines and mobile phones. With SkypeOut users are able to place calls outside the Skype IP network to PSTN and cellular numbers.