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.
Parent CompanyMicrosoft
HQLuxembourg, 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

Summary Metrics

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

Skype Revenue

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

Microsoft rolls out end-to-end encryption option for Skype: Report

The new encryption feature could be activated from a "New Private Conversation" option that is now part of the "Compose" menu or from the recipient's profile

Microsoft Adds End-to-End Encrypted Chat to Skype Using Signal

Skype gets end-to-end encryption of text and calls that even, its owner, Microsoft can't intercept.

Evaer Skype Recorder Supports Skype HD Video Call Recording

How to record Skype video calls in HD on Windows

Anchor launches Listener Support feature to help podcasters get paid

Anchor’s been gaining a fair bit of steam lately with its dead simple mobile podcast editing app. The New York startup has also been branching out in some interesting ways, including the recent launch of a Manhattan-based studio designed to give podcasters access to far better equipment than the usu…

Microsoft decides to support Skype Classic ‘for some time’ after users revolt

Skype Classic is not being killed off…well, not just yet. In July, Microsoft announced Skype 8.0 was launching on the desktop, and that it would be shutting down version 7.0 (aka Skype Classic) as a result. The older version would no longer function after September 1, 2018, it had said. However, the…

4 Challenges Every Expat Faces When Taking a New Job Overseas

Working in a foreign country presents a host of new challenges for expat couples. Here are four tips to make the most of your assignment.
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Skype Company Life and Culture

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