Skype Me? Skype You!

First came the ability to swap music files over the Internet, then games and movies. Now Niklas Zennstrom, founder of global file-sharing network, KaZaA, wants everybody talking over the Internet.

As Boardwatch revealed in a recent interview with Zennstrom, the father of P2P networking is set to launch his third software product, Skype, which uses P2P technology to let users talk and exchange text messages via the net (see KaZaA Founder, Niklas Zennstrom).

Hot on the heels of his success with KaZaA, which has been downloaded a staggering 250 million times, Zennstrom hopes Skype will become as widely used as AOL Instant Messenger, and eventually, the good old telephone network!

“People will say 'Skype me' instead of 'Call me,' ” he says. [Ed. note: Blow that trumpet Niklas!]

But hasn't Internet telephony been a disappointment so far? What makes Zennstrom think his approach is any more likely to succeed?

Find out on Boardwatch.

— Jo Maitland, Senior Editor, Boardwatch

nanotube 12/4/2012 | 11:29:02 PM
re: Skype Me? Skype You! Easy as AIM, and worked to a friend who is also behind a firewall NAT. There is a chat tool too for text mode.

It is nice to see new applications like this, hopefully it will drive-up demand so ISPs have to invest in more networking gear, leading to more jobs and a more positive telecom market!
whyiswhy 12/4/2012 | 11:29:01 PM
re: Skype Me? Skype You! or give up on about half the traffic from school kids...who are likely to be the first adopters...


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