Skype is celebrating a significant milestone this week with news that its users are now spending more than 2 billion minutes every day connecting with each other. The company announced the achievement on its official blog while also sharing the infographic to the right to put that number into perspective.
Among the curious tidbits Skype points out is that 2 billion minutes equals to more than 33 million hours of people staying in touch and collaborating. That’s the same as 1.38 million days or 3,805 years packed into a day of Skype calls, enough time to walk around the globe more than 845 times, fly around it 700 thousand times, and travel to Mars 5,400 times.
"2 billion minutes is a testament to our users who are making Skype the everyday communications hub that brings people together. This massive amount of connection – enough time to watch 1.6 million movies – is also a testament to the hard work of our product teams who have enabled these great experiences. Whether making a voice or video call, sending an instant message, sharing a file or connecting with a group of friends, now more than ever before, Skype brings people together whenever they are apart.
But we’re not done yet! We’re constantly looking for even more ways for people to connect and share – from the living room to the board room, on the go, anytime, anywhere," reads Skype's blog post.
It's been a long road for Skype. Founded back in 2003, the iconic VoIP service was first acquired by eBay in 2005 for $2.6 billion in what's considered a failed experiment to have buyers and sellers communicate via voice calls on the auction site. The latter gave up on Skype in 2009, selling a 70% stake to a group of technology investors.
Despite their huge user base and household name in the world of communications, Skype was still on its way to becoming profitable, but with eBay and partners anxious about the company’s delayed initial public offering, they had been pushing for a sale of the company.
Microsoft picked it up in 2011 for a whopping $8.5 billion and since then it has been working to integrate it across its multiple products and services, and a number of platforms including PCs, iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, Androids, Macs, Windows Phones and even TVs.
Most recently they have been migrating users from its long-running and soon to be shutdown Messenger service to Skype, which no doubt helped Skype achieve its latest milestone.