Skype turned 10 years old. The service is developing technology for 3D video chat
Skype turned 10 years old and on this occasion, in a BBC interview, a company representative confirmed that they are working on a technology for conducting 3D video chat. According to Mark Gillett, corporate Vice President of Skype at Microsoft, the company is also exploring opportunities to capture 3D images.
In terms of mapping three-dimensional images, serious progress, and more and more people buy 3D monitors and TVs. On the other hand, still does not have the required devices to capture three-dimensional images. To do this, users will need multiple cameras at fixed locations around the precise calibration and proper angle, that can be a serious obstacle to mass adoption. Support three-dimensional conversations in Skype, however, can give new impetus to the 3D market, which is now rapidly losing interest from users.
By the way, the first beta version of Skype appeared on 29 August 2003 For 10 years the application has become an indispensable tool of communication for more than 300 million people worldwide. The total duration of the conversations during those 10 years amounted to 1.4 trillion. minutes.
The Skype founders are Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom. They were then the owners of the popular peer-to-peer (P2P) application Kazaa. Soon, however, he felt that the same technology (peer-to-peer) can be used to make calls, and it has even influenced the name of the new service – Skype is short for Sky Peer to Peer.
The first edition was the opportunity for paid calls to landline phones, and in 2005 was added video chat. In the same year, Skype was bought by eBay for 2.5 billion dollars, but the investment did not justify itself, and in connection with the growing tensions with the new owners both founders of Skype decided to leave the company in 2008, In 2010 appeared the first mobile version of the app.
A new era began in 2011 when Microsoft bought Skype for 8.5 billion dollars. A year later Microsoft announced that it will replace Skype your Messenger, and then began the process of its integration into its various products. This fall we will see Skype as pre-installed apps in Windows 8.1.