Skype is without a doubt the most popular text, voice and video communication software today, with reach that rivals many social networks and almost every other text-based chat client of today. It enables you to connect with your friends anywhere in the world on their desktop PCs, mobile phones, tablets, television screens and consoles, enabling not only safe and easy “peer to peer” communication, but also ability to call regular mobile phones worldwide, secure transferring of files, conference calling, and desktop screen sharing.
Created in August of 2003 by the developers Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, this freemium voice-over-IP service and instant messaging app grew with tremendous pace, mostly because it managed to give people unique opportunity to call landline and mobile phone numbers directly from their PC. As years went on this VoIP focus remained strong, but other elements of the site grew, enabling hundreds of millions of people easy way to establish text, audio and video chats between wide variety of supported hardware devices and operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac, OS X, iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, and many home and portable consoles).
All of those features can be accessed on PC even on very old configurations, widening the possible user base to almost all modern PC users. As of end of 2011, Skype was used by over 630 million people, and in 2012 this app was purchased by the software giant Microsoft who further more enabled Skype to become part of their entire OS ecosystem. See all the great things you can do on Skype:
Catch up with video
Enjoy free video calls with anyone who also has Skype. Share a bedtime story, host a meeting or take a language class with our best ever video quality.
Call all over the world
Call people who are on Skype for free or on their phones at great low rates. Ring your best friend to make weekend plans or touch base with a client on the other side of the world with crystal clear audio.
Bring your social network to life
Skype made it even easier to keep in touch with friends and family. Now you can connect with your Facebook friends through Skype. See your Facebook newsfeed, update your status, comment and like direct from Skype.