Microsoft reveals Skype was almost called Skyper

Microsoft celebrated the 10th anniversary of Skype a few weeks ago, but today the company has released a long-form feature that looks at the impact that the VoIP service has had on the world at large in the last 10 years. There's also a section on the origins of Skype, which reveals that its founders  had a different name for the software in mind.

While developing the creation in Estonia, Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström stated that the first name that the group came up with was Skyper. Zennström said, "The original name had an 'r'at the end, which came from peer-to-peer in the Sky." However, there was a slight problem with that name. When it came to securing a domain name for the company, Skyper.com was not available, so the founders bought the rights to Skyper.net instead.

When the software was getting closer to its launch date of Aug. 29, 2003, the company's founders decided they didn't want their domain name to have .net at the end. So they removed the 'r' and Skype was officially born, with Skype.com secured as well.

"Skype became a very good name, and people using Skype became Skypers," Zennström said. "That was a brilliant move.”

Microsoft's feature on Skype is quite extensive as it looks at the somewhat rocky road the company took in the last 10 years, including its acquisition by Microsoft in 2011. It also talks about the possible future of Skype development, which will likely include connecting via voice or gesture commands instead of clicking a button to chat with someone.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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Ha gotta love the hate people display for ALL things Msft... without a thought in their brain b4 posting

Msft had nothing to do with the name 'Skyper' this was a name by its original Founders(you know a decade before MS purchased Skype)

dingl_ said,
Ha gotta love the hate people display for ALL things Msft... without a thought in their brain b4 posting

Msft had nothing to do with the name 'Skyper' this was a name by its original Founders(you know a decade before MS purchased Skype)

Maybe I should have worded my comment differently. I have no hate for Microsoft. I've been a loyal member of their family for 21 years. Thank you for the correction also.

I was going to call you a troll or simply uninformed, but glad you man'd up and admitted your mistake (which many can't seem to do on here lol).

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