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September 02, 2013

Skype Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of First Release

By Oliver VanDervoort
Contributing Writer

On August 29th, one of the most popular Internet video calling tools got to celebrate its 10th birthday. Skype (News - Alert) has gone through quite a few iterations since it was first released, but the tool has always served the same basic purpose. That purpose was to let people communicate in a variety of ways, some of which were totally free to use. VoIP might have actually made a bit of a comeback after being dismissed by the general public thanks to Skype.

While marking the 10-year anniversary of its first release, Skype developers also announced that they are working on bringing 3D video calls to the public as soon as humanly possible. Just how soon that really is remains to be seen, since there have been a couple of reports that makes it appear as though it will be a few years before that kind of tech is ready for the general public.

Skype has served a number of purposes, some that were more business-oriented and some that were geared toward entertainment. Instructors have even found a way to teach classes and lessons using Skype. When it comes to taking the next step in the business world and bringing 3D calling to the masses, it appears that the tech just isn’t here yet.

"We've done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture," said Microsoft's (News - Alert) corporate vice-president for Skype, Mark Gillett in a recent release. "We've seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of people now buy TVs and computer monitors that are capable of delivering a 3D image, but the capture devices are not yet there. As we work with that kind of technology you have to add multiple cameras to your computer, precisely calibrate them and point them at the right angle.”

Over its lifetime, Skype has had a couple of different masters. The company was purchased in 2005 by eBay (News - Alert) then by a different investment group in 2009. Just a few years ago, the tech became the property of Microsoft.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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