Skype Turned 10: How Skype Changed Communication

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The following is a guest post by Samuel Melton. If you’ve got something to say, and you’d like to see it on WinSource, contact us here with your idea!

Skype users have spent a combined two billion minutes video chatting this year alone. Just think about how many minutes friends, family and colleagues have spent on Skype in the past decade. Skype just reached its 10th birthday, and it has 300 million users to celebrate with.

So where is Skype going in the next 10 years? It already offers video chats, group chats, instant messaging, mobile chats, integrated social media chatting, and voice-only services – what else is left?

3D Calling

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3D video calling isn’t just a rumor – it’s a fact according to Microsoft VP for Skype Mark Gillett. This announcement goes hand in hand with the launch of Skype for Windows Phone 8 – and it makes a good match for other tech developments like Fiber Optics. Why? Because if you want to make the most of Skype calls or 3D calling, you’re going to appreciate an Internet connection like fiber that doesn’t lag or buffer.

3D calling isn’t ready for the public yet. For now, check out some of the ways Skype has morphed over the past 10 years – and how it’s changed the face of video chatting since it launched back in 2003.

TV

How it used to be: Think talk shows – any show that relies on interviews. Before video calling, hosts relied on phone calls to get in touch with interviewees. Now, Skype has changed all that.

How it’s changed with Skype: Now, interviews are more dynamic. Shows have more options. Instead of grainy, hard-to-hear phone calls, it’s easy to see who is talking – which is what should happen on TV, right? Oprah even dedicated an entire episode to demonstrating how Skype was changing communication.

Armed Services

How it used to be: If you had a loved one that was deployed, phone calls, letters and emails used to be the extent of communication.

How it’s changed with Skype: Video calling has changed how military members connect with their families, hundreds and thousands miles away. Now, service members can even be a part of the birth of their children when they’re deployed.

Dating

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How it used to be: Long-distance dating has never been easy, but Skype is helping to bridge the distance.

How it’s changed with Skype: The comfort of a loved one’s voice only goes so far. Skype has changed long-distance dating because now you can actually see and interact with your spouse or significant other hands free – and see their expressions instead of imagining them.

Finding a job

How it used to be: Going in for a job interview was just that – having to go to an office building, sit down across the table and get interviewed.

How it’s changed with Skype: Skype interviews are changing the job market. You don’t have to even be in the same city to now be considered for a job. Skype interviews are now so common that there are tons of articles out there giving tips on how to get a job through Skype.

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  • Yuan Taizong

    I use Skype for dating, it was the initial reason for me to make a Skype-account in the first place (which I later merged with my Microsoft-account), Skype is an awesome service, especially to share your deepest emotions on ;-)

  • robjackson81

    For people you were ALREADY dating? Or for… like… blind Skype dates? Ha.