Time and distance do not matter for talking or chatting or seeing or sharing, now that we have the new age technology in place. Skype is a free and premium Voice over IP service and an Instant Messaging Client. Users ranging from a school-going child to an elderly grandparent can use this service comfortably and conveniently if they have a computer with an internet connection, microphone and webcam. Text messaging, video sharing and live chatting are all possible and designed in a quick to grasp and user friendly manner.
The service was publicly released in the year 2003 by a team of Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennstrom from Sweden. They created this software in co-operation with Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallinn who supplied the backend for this service. Later this entire company was bought over by Microsoft Corporation in 2011 for $8.5 billion phasing out Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger instant messaging service. Microsoft has kept the Skype division’s headquarters in Luxembourg though the majority of team sits in the original location of Tallinn and Tartu in Estonia.