Skype was founded in 2003 by two entrepreneurs Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. The two founders worked with a team of Estonian programmers to create Skype. Skype is a free software that allows users to make calls over the internet. This was not the first collaboration of the three programmers and founders. They previously had developed the program Kazaa in 2001. Kazaa is a peer to peer media sharing device that now allows users to download songs and ringtones.
Skype was launched with high expectations; Janus Friis hoped "that one day instead of saying 'I'll call you,' people will say 'I'll Skype you.'" It was launched with the intention of being the telecoms company of the future. Skype is now owned by Ebay and is based out of Luxembourg.
Skype also is currently available in 28 different languages and is used in almost every country. This allows many different cultures to get together and allows several different people to communicate across the world.
Skype has won many awards, it's most recent being the CNET Webware 100 Awards on June 19, 2007. Niklas Zennström was recognized by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people. He and Janus Friis have won many awards on behalf of Skype.