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    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.

                                                                                                                                                                   
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  1. Unknown User (akosiewi)

    Three Estonian software programmers developed Skype:

      • Ahiti Heinla
      • Priit Kasesalu
      • Jaan Tallinn

    The two enterprenuers mentioned above founded the company Skype. This team of business partners and programmers worked together previously in developing Kazaa. Zennstrom said, "We are launching Skype as the telecoms company of the future." Jaanus Fris expressed his hope that one day, instead of saying 'I'll call you,' people will say 'I'll skype you.'

     One month after it's release, a million people have downloaded this software. Six months later, six million users. As of 6/9/2006 there were 115 million Skype customers.

    Two years after Skype was founded, it was purchased by eBay (American online auction house) for EUR 2.1 billion. However, its developmental center still remains in Tallinn, Estonia.

    http://emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/article/index2.cfm?fuseaction=OpenArticlePrint&aoid=163167&lang=EN

    This is a picture of Niklas Zennström and Jaanus Fris.

    http://about.skype.com/pictures.html

  2. Unknown User (cox4)

    Hey

    This looks great but because I can't change anything I found a very interesting fact that I think should be added, Skype is produced in 28 different languages. I think because it is internationally used and many students use it throughout studying abroad, that it would be nice to be noted. So many things are prefered now if they are in different languages so I think adding this would be good. I belive the websiteI used was about.skype.com.