Skype is an instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services. Users may transmit both text and video messages and may exchange digital documents such as images, text, and video. In addition, the app allows video conference calls. Skype operates based on a freemium model — much of the service is free, but Skype Credit or a subscription is required to call a landline or a mobile phone number.
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Luxembourg, LU
Skype was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Luxembourg, LU
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Skype Office Locations

Skype has an office in Luxembourg
Luxembourg, LU (HQ)
Rives de Clausen
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Skype Financials and Metrics

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In total, Skype had raised $76.8 m. Skype is a subsidiary of Microsoft

Skype Financials

Skype's revenue was reported to be $2 b in Y, 2013
USDY, 2013E


2 b
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Skype Operating Metrics

Y, 2013Y, 2014Jan, 2016Mar, 2016Apr, 2016Oct, 2017

Monthly Active Users

300 m


750 m1 b

Telephone Market Share


App Downloads (Android)

1 b
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Skype Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Acquired CompanyDateDeal Size
GroupMe August 21, 2011
Qik January 06, 2011$150 m
Sonorit April 11, 2006
Microsoft Development Center Rus LLC
Skype Software Sar.l.
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Skype Online and Social Media Presence

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Skype News and Updates

Why VoIP encryption must be factored into the wider cyber security debate

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Follow these four steps to make yourself (and your message) the center of your audience’s attention. Video content is everywhere. By one recent estimate, it’ll make up over 80% of online content consumption by 2021. Video has long been changing norms in the business world, too, with videoconferencin…

Google’s Hangouts Meet will soon work with Skype and other third-party videoconferencing systems

Google has revealed that its Hangouts Meet videoconferencing software will soon work in conjunction with third-party videoconferencing software including Skype for Business, Cisco, and Polycom. The news comes more than a year after Google revealed it was splitting the Hangouts platform into two key …
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