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  • 1972


  • 2002

    • September, 2002: September 2002 — investment from Draper Investment Company and at that time, original name was Skyper. - Skype, Wikipedia.

  • 2003

    • 2003: PocketSkype retains the same core of regular skype software and it works on any PDA running Windows Mobile Pocket PC 2003 OS with a 400 MHz processor and equipped with Wi-Fi. - Features of Skype, Wikipedia.
    • August, 2003: August 2003 — First public beta version released. - Skype, Wikipedia.

  • 2004

    • 2004: It was one of the first commercialisations of VoIP technology, appearing in 2004 approximately 6 months after the proprietary Skype opened up interest in telephony over the internet. - Babble (company), Wikipedia.
    • 2004: An article in 2004 suggested that Skype has relatively weak encryption, but more recent analyses, one by invitation and one by reverse engineering presented at DEF CON 2005, both conclude that Skype uses encryption effectively. - Secure communication, Wikipedia.
    • November 26, 2004: Having produced Australia's first podcast ("G'Day World" on 26 November 2004),[2] Reilly and his G'Day World co-host Mick Stanic also produced the world's first "Skypecast" by recording individual sides of a Skype call and stitching them together in post-production. - Cameron Reilly, Wikipedia.

  • 2005

    • 2005: Computer-to-computer traffic between Skype users in 2005 was 2.9% of international carrier traffic in 2005 and about 4.4% of the total international traffic of 264 billion minutes in 2006. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • 2005: He served as President of Skype, which eBay had acquired in 2005, during 2006, and then moved to serve as president of PayPal, which eBay had acquired in 2002, for nearly two years. - Rajiv Dutta, Wikipedia.
    • 2005: It received seed funding from the first Skype investor Morten Lund, and WI Harper Group in 2005. - Maxthon, Wikipedia.
    • 2005: Skype is one of the best-known of several Tallinn IT start-ups, and a first venture capital firm was founded in 2005. - Tallinn, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2005: The company was acquired by eBay in September 2005 for $2.6 billion. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2005: September 2005 — SkypeOut banned in South China. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2005: He and his partner Niklas Zennström sold Skype to eBay for $2.6B. - Janus Friis, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2005: EBay announced it will buy Skype, the Luxembourg-based web telephone network, in a $2.6 billion deal. - September 2005, Wikipedia.
    • October, 2005: October 2005 — eBay purchased Skype (Oct 14). - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • December, 2005: December 2005 — videotelephony introduced. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • December 1, 2005: On2 announced that Skype (now owned by eBay) had licensed current and future versions of its video compression software and had integrated it into the Beta version of Skype 2.0. - On2 Technologies, Wikipedia.
    • December 1, 2005: On2 announced that Skype (now owned by eBay) had licensed current and future versions of its video compression software and had integrated it into the Beta version of Skype 2.0. - On2 Flix, Wikipedia.

  • 2006

    • January, 2006: Video conferencing between two users was introduced in January 2006 for the Windows and Mac OS X platform clients. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • January 20, 2006: Skype Technologies S A, was filed on January 20, 2006 in Federal Court in the Central District of California and assigned Case Number, 2:2006cv00391. - Skype Limited, Wikipedia.
    • May 22, 2006: StreamCast Networks filed a lawsuit against eBay in hopes of stopping the distribution of its Skype software. - StreamCast Networks, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: A third party paper analyzing the security and methodology of Skype was presented at Black Hat Europe 2006. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: Skype launched its "Skypecasts Beta" service in 2006. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: In the United Arab Emirates as of 2006, Skype was being blocked. - Data discrimination, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: A third party paper analyzing the security and methodology of Skype was presented at Black Hat Europe 2006. - Skype security, Wikipedia.
    • October, 2006: October 2006 — Skype 2.0 for Mac is released, the first full release of Skype with video for Macintosh. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • December, 2006: Skype announces a new pricing structure as of January 18, 2007, with connection fees for all SkypeOut calls. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • December 19, 2006: Skype announced that there would be a new pricing structure in 2007. - Features of Skype, Wikipedia.

  • 2007

    • January, 2007: Beginning January 2007, Skype also charges an equivalent of 0.039 Euro for each SkypeOut call, in addition to the ordinary rate. - Features of Skype, Wikipedia.
    • February, 2007: A petition for rulemaking was filed with the FCC by Skype, requesting the FCC to apply the Carterfone regulations to the wireless industry — which would mean that OEMs, portals and others will be able to offer wireless devices and services without the cellular operators needing to approve the handsets. - Carterfone, Wikipedia.
    • February, 2007: It became known that Skype creates a file called 1.com in the temp directory which is capable of reading all BIOS data[5] from a PC. - Skype security, Wikipedia.
    • March, 2007:  — Skype 3.1 is released, adding some new features, including Skype Find and Skype Prime. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • 2007: Mayra Matos representing Puerto Rico was asked by Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori from Japan via Skype. - Miss Universe 2009, Wikipedia.
    • 2007: While the specific detection methods used by these companies are often private, Pearson's Chi-Square Test and stochastic characterization with Naïve Bayesian Classifiers are two approaches that were published in 2007. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • 2007: The Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston, Massachusetts used tools such as Twitter and Skype to create backchannels that included participants who were not on location and at times in remote parts of the world. - Backchannel, Wikipedia.
    • 2007: At Endeavor's 10 Year Anniversary Gala, Endeavor honored Blackstone Group Chairman & CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman and the founders of Skype and Joost, Niklas Zennstrom & Janus Friis. - Endeavor (non-profit), Wikipedia.
    • July 6, 2007: The N800 supports Skype internet calls and Flash Player 9 as of July 6, 2007, which allows users to watch YouTube videos, play online flash games, and make free internet calls to other Skype-enabled devices. - Nokia N800, Wikipedia.
    • July 25, 2007: According to Zennström at a 25 July 2007 press conference about Skype held in Tallinn, Estonia, Joost had signed up more than a million beta testers, and its launch was scheduled for the end of 2007. - Joost, Wikipedia.
    • August 16, 2007: August 16 / August 17, 2007 — Skype users unable to connect to full Skype network in many countries. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • August, 2007: August 2007 — Skype 3.5 for Windows released with additions such as video in mood, inclusion of video content in chat, call transfer to another person or a group, auto-redial. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • August 15, 2007: August 15, 2007 — Skype 2.7.0.49 (beta) for Mac OS X released adding availability of contacts in the Mac Address Book to the Skype contact list, auto redial, contact groups, public chat creation, and an in-window volume slider to the call window. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2007: Since September 2007, users in China trying to download the Skype software have been redirected to the site of TOM, a joint venture between a Chinese wireless operator and Skype, from which a modified Chinese version can be downloaded. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2007: Zennström was CEO from Skype's inception until September 2007. - Niklas Zennström, Wikipedia.
    • October 29, 2007: Skype launched its own mobile phone under the brand name 3 Skypephone, which runs a BREW OS. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • November, 2007: November 2007 — the controversial move was announced that Skype users having London (020) 7 numbers would lose them after December 20, 2007. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • November, 2007: China is the largest user of largest Voice calling over the Internet or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services with 51 million Tom-Skype users as of November 2007. - Telecommunications in the People's Republic of China, Wikipedia.

  • 2008

    • January 30, 2008: January 30, 2008 — Skype released for the Sony PSP hand-held gaming system. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • January 30, 2008: Firmware update 3.90 was released which enabled Skype WiFi phone function on the Slim & Lite model, Brite model, and the PSP Go. - PlayStation Portable hardware, Wikipedia.
    • January 8, 2008: Built-in Skype Wifi Internet phone service was added via firmware updates. - PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite series, Wikipedia.
    • January 8, 2008: Built-in Skype Wi-Fi Internet phone service was added via firmware updates. - PlayStation Portable, Wikipedia.
    • March 13, 2008: Skype 2.0 for Linux, released on March 13, 2008, also features support for video conferencing. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • March 13, 2008: March 13, 2008 — Skype 2.0 for Linux released with support for videoconferencing. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • April 24, 2008: Skype announced that they offer Skype on around 50 mobile phones. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • April, 2008: As of April 2008, eBay's most expensive acquisition was the purchase of Skype, a Voice over Internet Protocol company, for US$2.6 billion. - List of acquisitions by eBay, Wikipedia.
    • June 25, 2008: Several media sources have reported that at a meeting about the "Lawful interception of IP based services" held on 25 June 2008, high-ranking but not named officials at the Austrian interior ministry said that they could listen in on Skype conversations without problem. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • 2008: About 8% of cross-border calls were carried by Skype. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • July 9, 2008: July 9, 2008 — Skype 4.0 Beta is released, changing Skype into a full-screen application. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • August 26, 2008: Skype announced that Skypecasts would be discontinued beginning September 1, 2008. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September 1, 2008: Skypecasts were shut down without any concrete explanation on 1 September 2008 at 12:00 UTC. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September 30, 2008: September 30, 2008 — Skype 4.0 Beta 2 released, introducing 'Compact mode', after user criticism of the new default full-screen mode. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September 1, 2008: September 1, 2008 — Skype discontinues its SkypeCast service, without explanation. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September 25, 2008: Announced the opening of Skype for Asterisk Public Beta[9] (prior to the open phase, from 25 September 2008, Skype for Asterisk Beta was apparently non-open[10]). - OpenSky service, Wikipedia.
    • September 8, 2008: September 8, 2008 — The seventh season of the U.S. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • October 2, 2008: October 2, 2008 — Analysis reveals TOM-skype sends content of text messages and encryption keys to monitoring servers. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • October, 2008: Canadian research group Citizen Lab released a new report saying TOM's Chinese-language Skype software filtered sensitive words and then logged these, with users' information to a file on computer servers which were insecure. - Censorship in the People's Republic of China, Wikipedia.
    • November, 2008: November 2008 — Skype added internal monthly and daily usage caps on their SkypeOut subscriptions advertised as "Unlimited". - Skype, Wikipedia.

  • 2009

    • January, 2009: [citation needed] As of January 2009, Skype is available for Android and over 100 Java enabled mobile phones. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • January, 2009: As of January 2009, Skype is adding about 40 million subscribers a quarter. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • February 20, 2009: The European Union's Eurojust agency announced that the Italian Desk at Eurojust would "play a key role in the coordination and cooperation of the investigations on the use of internet telephony systems (VoIP), such as 'Skype'. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • February, 2009: Skype said that, not being a telephone company owning phone lines, it is exempt from CALEA and similar laws which regulate US phone companies, and in fact it is not clear whether Skype could support wiretapping even if it wanted to[71]. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • February 6, 2009: February 6, 2009 — Skype 4.0 is released. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • February 1, 2009: Skype Zones Beta, discontinued Feb 1 2009, was a software powered by Boingo that provided internet access at low price from Boingo supported premium hotspots. - Features of Skype, Wikipedia.
    • February 9, 2009: OpenSky — the first freely available hosted SIP to Skype gateway service[5] — commenced on 9 February 2009. - OpenSky service, Wikipedia.
    • March, 2009: March 2009 — Skype launched Skype for SIP, a service aimed at business users. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • April 14, 2009: April 14, 2009 — eBay announced plans to spin off of Skype through an initial public offering in 2010. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • April, 2009: ^ 3 In April 2009, eBay announced plans to spin off Skype in a 2010 IPO, citing a "poor fit" for the company. - List of acquisitions by eBay, Wikipedia.
    • April 3, 2009: T-Mobile, the largest German mobile telecommunication company, announced that it is blocking Skype, "even though," according to the international, pro-net-neutrality, OpenNet Coalition, "Skype is both a key application for voice communication on the Internet and is known to consume a small amount of bandwidth. - Network neutrality, Wikipedia.
    • 2009: The official Symbian version was under development in 2006; it was announced on December 10, 2009 that a limited beta version would be released. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • , 2009: A Skype kit featuring a laptop computer with webcam, speakers and a one year Unlimited World plan to talk to friends and family - Miss Universe 2009, Wikipedia.
    • 2009: On September 1st, 2009, an investor group including Andreessen Horowitz acquired a majority stake in Skype. - Marc Andreessen, Wikipedia.
    • 2009: As of 2009, Skype provides an uncontrolled registration system for users with absolutely no proof of identity, permitting users to use the system in an anonymous and difficult-to-trace manner. - Pranknet, Wikipedia.
    • 2009: In late 2009 the company, Skype for Power Gamers (S4PG), announced that in Q2 2010 it would be releasing both a client and server Skype Add-on that will enable Skype end-users to host their own "Skypecast-like" auto-conference rooms. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • 2009: An official free Skype application for the iPhone OS was released in the iTunes store on March 31, 2009. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • , 2009: The pageant was also historically significant, using Skype for the first time for the final question. - Miss Universe 2009, Wikipedia.
    • July, 2009: Although Skype maintains that the problem has been corrected, SMS continues to be inoperative as recently as July 2009 in the United States and Canada. - Features of Skype, Wikipedia.
    • August, 2009: Members of Pranknet, a virtual community established around harassing people via Skype, were outed on The Smoking Gun for activities that also included posting fraudulent ads on Craigslist and then shouting racist, sexually graphic and obscene tirades at people who called to inquire about their ads. - Craigslist controversies and illegal activities by users, Wikipedia.
    • August 27, 2009: August 27, 2009 — Skype releases an update to their more than one year old Linux-client. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • August 1, 2009: August 1, 2009 — Joltid files a motion with the U.S. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September 1, 2009: A group of investors led by Silver Lake bought 65% of Skype for $1.91 billion. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2009: As of September 2009, Skype does not provide any official means to contact customer support, apart from indirect assistance through its web portal only and contact email addresses. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September 1, 2009: September 1, 2009 — eBay announces sale of 65% of Skype to a consortium comprised of Index Ventures and Silver Lake Partners. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2009: Early September 2009 — Skype shuts down the Extras developer program. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • November 13, 2009: Barnes skyped coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels, making UNC his future alma mater. - Harrison Barnes, Wikipedia.
    • November, 2009: Late November 2009 — eBay completes sale of 70% of Skype to a consortium comprising Silver Lake Partners, CPPIB, Andreessen Horowitz and the original founders. - Skype, Wikipedia.

  • 2010

    • January 19, 2010: The latest version, v1.3, was released on 19 January 2010, and added support for landscape-format instant messaging and a call quality indicator. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • February, 2010: (In February 2010, Skype Annouced its decision to discontinue development Skype for Windows Mobile, Download Link Removed (accordong to Neowin)) - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • February 1, 2010: In the Season 8 episode "Into the Wind"(aired on February 1, 2010), Kyle is seen via Skype from a U.S. - Kyle Harmon, Wikipedia.
    • March 8, 2010: It was reported that 23,020,156 concurrent Skype users were online as of March 8, 2010. - Skype, Wikipedia.
    • 2010: EBay has written Skype down to $1.7 billion on its books and announced a public stock offering for 2010 to spin Skype off as a separate company. - Skype, Wikipedia.






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