Skype Connects 25 Million Concurrent Users

Skype is by far the most popular service when it comes to providing voice communication and multimedia sessions over the Internet. The company behind Skype has recently announced that they have reached a new milestone in their development: 25 million online users, simultaneously.

Yesterday we reached a new milestone for peak concurrent users: 25 million people online, on Skype, at the same time. Our software is designed to handle large numbers of concurrent users, with wideband audio and group video calls all flowing smoothly around the world – from mothers in Montevideo to their sons in San Francisco, and from contractors in Canberra to their suppliers in Seoul.

In 2009, our users spoke, stared and sung for 113 billion Skype-to-Skype minutes – and for the first six months of this year, approximately 40% of Skype-to-Skype minutes were video minutes. All of this made possible by software built by a team of just under 800 people*. How do we do this?

Very simply: we do one thing. Our single minded focus is on building the best communications products, and building them for the whole world. This is not a hobby – it’s who and what we are. And at Skype, we have one ambition: to build communications products which billions of people embrace every day.

Skype software takes care of the complexities of network topography, firewalls, different OSes, multiple devices – computers, and a myriad of connection types, leaving you to do the talking, laughing, smiling, crying, singing, dancing and more. Because we think 25 million is worth celebrating.