Providing voice communication and multimedia sessions over the Internet makes Skype become the most popular service. At the same time, their development has gained 25 million online users. Firstly, Skype was used as a desktop application which would serve as a VoIP client (Voice over Internet Protocol) and users were only required to create a personalized username. Skype has launched many enhancements to their Windows edition since 2003 when it was officially available in the world market. Meanwhile, a Macintosh version was developed in 2006 and a Linux one in 2008.
Thanks to supplementing new features including integration with the largest social network currently available, Facebook, and improving the existing ones, Skype’s usersbase has been increased at a firm pace. Additionally, more value has been added to some mobile applications. Currently, support for Android and Symbian mobile phones are provided bu Skype, and it is smoothly powered on any iPhone or Nokia N900 tablet. The software utility has appeared on over 20 Verizon Wireless devices like different prepaid smartphones in America.
Their software is manufactured to control large numbers of concurrent users, with wideband audio and group video calls aiming to mothers in Montevideo calls their sons in San Francisco, and calls from contractors in Canberra to their suppliers in Seoul. What’s more, during the first six months of 2010, nearly 40 percent of the total number of Skype-to-Skype minutes were video ones if users were also interested in its video features. Therefore, the firm does not have intention of stopping this plan because their purpose is to combine communications products. In addition, more effort and commitment on the part of the developers are needed in order to allow users to enjoy a stable method of easily keeping in touch with friends and family.