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Skype 5.6 running on Windows 7
Software information
DeveloperSkype Limited
Initial releaseAugust , 2003
Frequently updatedyes
Written inEmbarcadero Delphi, Objective-C (iOS, Mac OS X), C++ with Qt4 (Linux)
Operating systemCross-platform
Available inEmbarcadero Delphi, Objective-C (iOS, Mac OS X), C++ with Qt4 (Linux)
TypeVoice over Internet Protocol, instant messaging, videoconferencing
LicenseProprietary, some paid features

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Skype (c-eniconˈskaɪp) is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype has 929 million registered users as of September 2011. The network is operated by Skype Limited, which has its headquarters in Luxembourg. Most of the development team and 44% of the overall employees of Skype are situated in the offices of Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.

Unlike other VoIP services, Skype is a peer-to-peer system rather than a client server system, and makes use of background processing on computers running Skype software; the original name proposed Sky peer-to-peer reflects this.

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.

On 10 May 2011, Microsoft Corporation agreed to acquire Skype Communications, S.à r.l for US$8.5 billion. The company is to be incorporated as a division of Microsoft, and Microsoft will acquire all of the company's technologies, including Skype, with the purchase.

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