Skype has revealed today that its users now spend two billion minutes each day communicating with one another on its cross-platform messaging service.
That’s a colossal figure, which has been no doubt been bolstered by Microsoft’s impending closure of Windows Live Messenger, and the continued development of its various mobile and desktop apps.
Two billion minutes sounds like an awful lot of face-to-face video calls, but it’s important to remember that this figure represents all forms of communication over Skype. As with other Voice over IP (VoIP) such as Viber and Facebook Messenger, that means text messages, video voicemail and audio calls are also included.
Still, the milestone shows that Skype is still very much a household name when it comes to video calls. In fact, in recent years the service has become almost synonymous with act of calling someone, so that users might say “I’ll Skype you at 7pm” just as they would “I’ll Google it when I get home.”
Skype has created an infographic to give some context as to how significant the 2 billion milestone is.
Skype reported that it had hit 10 billion total Skype-to-Skype calls back in June 2005. The service, which launched in August 2003, surpassed 1 billion minutes in July 2004, which gives some idea as to just how far it’s grown.
In February, Skype launched a new video messaging service for its Mac, iPhone and Android applications, which enabled users to send pre-recorded messages to their friends and family.
More recently though, Skype was told by ARCEP, the French telecom authorities, that it could face criminal charges if it doesn’t submit to a law allowing French police to listen in on users’ calls.
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