As I continue to break out statistic posts for each of the larger social networks and digital companies, I offer up today statistics for the granddaddy of video chat apps: Skype.
Despite only launching in 2003, it feels like Skype has been around forever. Skype hasn’t gotten nearly as much publicity since Microsoft acquired them in 2011 and a number of large, viable competitors have emerged over the years; not the least of which is Google with their popular Hangouts app. Despite all of this, Skype is still going strong and has a healthy user base.
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Here are some of the most interesting Skype statistics I have been able to dig up in our travels.
Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. A few of these stats come from Microsoft and Skype’s own reports, but some are based on news reports and not official company tallies. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100% accurate.
Year of Skype Launch:
Year Skype was purchased by Microsoft:
Amount Microsoft paid for Skype:
How many people use Skype:
Last updated 9/21/15
Number of times the Skype mobile app has been downloaded:
Last updated 4/28/16
Total number of minutes per day users spend on Skype:
Last updated 12/17/15
Number of installs of Skype on Google Play:
Last updated 2/26/15
Amount of minutes used on Skype video calls:
Last updated 1/12/16
Percentage of millennials that use Skype globally (outside of China):
Last updated 2/11/15