Skype hits new record for active users

It appears last month's global outage did little to slow the growth of communications service Skype, with the service having hit a record 27 million simultaneous users yesterday.

Gigaom spotted a tweet from Skype's official account announcing the occasion at around 2PM EST. According to the Skype homepage, there are typically up to 23 million users online at peak times and as of 5AM EST today, there were around 21 million users online.

The new record capped off a whirlwind few days for the Luxembourg-based company. On January 6, it announced that new data had shown Skype's share of international calling minutes had grown to almost 25%, bucking a downward trend in international calling. On the same day, it was announced that Skype would acquire popular mobile video provider Qik, furthering a push into the mobile space that was bolstered in late December 2010 with the addition of video calling to Skype's iOS app.

The new simultaneous user record also came just weeks after a massive global outage, later blamed on a specific version of Skype's Windows client which, at the time, accounted for 50% of all Skype users worldwide. After a substantial network recovery effort, the company offered users a US$1 credit by way of an apology for the outage.

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If they had left group video conferencing free to everyone, maybe even more people would use it. I'm kinda bummed they made that a Premium option now. (Even though I'm still using version 5.0.0.156 which still allows group video calls) ^_~

but i it hoggs my cpu in voice and video call what could be the reason i havent had that problem before. is it coz of windows 7?? maybe i should post it in forum instead

Yes I am one of them now that Skype does video on iPhone 4. Also, because of this, I now keep Skype running on my desktop every day, all day.

I see this as helping with video chat and long distance phone calls. Other than that, wouldn't it be easier to use a phone?

ccoltmanm said,
I see this as helping with video chat and long distance phone calls. Other than that, wouldn't it be easier to use a phone?

Say you have a smartphone and your friend does, providing you have a data plan why waste your minutes when you can skype them

thealexweb said,

Say you have a smartphone and your friend does, providing you have a data plan why waste your minutes when you can skype them

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