Big Day for Skype

Ainsley Jones

As Chris Crum at WebProNews says, it's a big day for Skype. And it couldn't come at a better time.


On the heels of a major outage last month, Skype announced it has agreed to acquire Qik, a provider of mobile video software and services. The deal is reportedly worth $100 million and is expected to close this month, says The Wall Street Journal.


Skype also launched Group Video Calling, a new desktop offering that enables business users to connect with up to nine other callers for prices starting at $6.99 per month for a three- to 12-month subscription. The release follows a recent study commissioned by Skype that makes the case for video calling in the workplace.


The research, combined with data released by Telegeography today, shows that business is looking up for Skype. Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOm reports that when it comes to international long-distance calling, one out of every five voice minutes are now going to Skype.

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