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Skype celebrates its 10th birthday


Madrid, Aug 29 (EFE).- Skype is celebrating its 10th birthday with 300 million active users and conversations totaling 2.6 billion years worth of time.

The service can look back at a decade during which it managed to adapt to changes in communications and technology as both an independent company and a unit of large corporations.

The first phone call using Skype on a personal computer was made in April 2003 in Estonia, but it was not until Aug. 29 of that year that the first beta version of the voice over IP service was released.

Skype survived the changes in technology that occurred over the next decade, especially the migration to mobile platforms.

"I think that 10 years ago no one was capable of imagining how the market was going to change and, with it, Skype," Skype's director of development for Latin America, Alejandro Arnaiz, told Efe.

Skype was successful as a pioneer in video calls and HD video calls, and has tried to always be available on all platforms - PCs, television, tablets and smartphones - as well as on operating systems, Arnaiz said.

Some 50 million people use the service on peak days, with video calling the most popular feature.

Skype, which was founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis in Estonia, was acquired by eBay for $2.6 billion in 2005, was later taken private and became a unit of Microsoft in 2011, going for $8.5 billion.