Another neat touch, for mobile users at least, is that you can connect to other users via their existing mobile number.
Silver Lake, Andreessen Horowitz, and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board announced the acquisition of 65% of Skype for $1.9 billion from e Bay, which attributed to the enterprise a market value of $2.92 billion.
Microsoft bought Skype in May 2011 for $8.5 billion.
) is an instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services. Much of the service is free, but Skype Credit or a subscription is required to call a landline or a mobile phone number.
Users may transmit both text and video messages, and may exchange digital documents such as images, text, and video. At the end of 2010, there were over 660 million worldwide users, with over 300 million estimated active each month as of August 2015.
Skype-to-Skype calls to other users are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones (over traditional telephone networks) are charged via a debit-based user account system called Skype Credit.