Back on August 29, 2003, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis founded Skype, which was to become a key way to communicate for more than 300 million people worldwide. On Wednesday, Skype celebrated hitting the 10-year mark, and looked back at accomplishments and milestones.

More than 1.4 trillion minutes of voice and video calls have been made using Skype. To put that number in perspective, it’s the equivalent of more than 2.6 million years of conversations – made in in just 10 years’ time.

People have used Skype to do incredible things. Like making Skype calls from the top of Mount Everest and research stations in Antarctica, providing essential support to refugee camps while keeping in touch with loved ones back home – we’ve even seen orangutans enjoy video calls. It’s truly a small miracle that troops in the field get to witness the birth of their children, and entire classrooms get to take field trips to the opposite ends of the earth.

The infographic above takes you through a decade of fascinating people, places and behaviors Skype has inspired.

Visit the Skype blog for more, and help the team celebrate by sharing your favorite Skype memory from the past decade on the Moment Makers’ Story Bank, Facebook or Twitter using #10YearsofSkype.  And if you haven’t already joined the conversation, download Skype today.

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Steve Clarke
Microsoft News Center Staff