Skype announced Wednesday users are spending more than two billion minutes a day connecting with one another via the video-chat platform — enough time to watch 16 million movies or travel to the moon and back 225,000 times.
Not only is this is a big milestone for Skype in particular, it also highlights just how much people have embraced communicating via a voice over IP (VoIP) service.
“Skype has been growing in its number of minutes at double digit rate for a steady time,” Elisa Steele, corporate VP of marketing at Skype, told Mashable. “The number of mobile users continues to grow at a very strong rate too, not just from the desktop but other devices, as well.”
The news comes more than a month after the company announced Skype is joining forces with Windows Live Messenger. The upgrade on Windows desktop, before rolling out to other platforms, will start on April 8.
“We know more users will come over from Messenger, and since the Skype experience provides multiple ways to communicate — not just via IM — we think we will come to try it out and then discover we have a lot of other features,” Steele said. “That’s what a lot of our users have done over the years.”
In addition to video chat and instant messaging, Skype offers voice calling from desktops and mobile devices, as well as file sharing.
“Two billion minutes a day is a lot, but we’re on track to see this adoption grow even more in the future,” she added.
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