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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 6, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Skype by the numbers: 700 million minutes of Skype-to-Skype calls daily

When Microsoft announced its purchase of Skype for $8.5 billion, it was banking on a brand that “has become a verb, nearly synonymous with video and voice communication,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said during the May news conference announcing the deal.

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About 170 million customers use Skype each month for video and voice calls and to send text messages, Skype CEO Tony Bates said at the time.

Now Skype has released an infographic showing its usage numbers, by the day.

Each day, people make 700 million minutes of free Skype-to-Skype calls, according to the infographic in the official Skype blog. 65 million people sign into Skype daily. 300 million minutes of Skype video calls are made each day; and 30 million minutes are spent each day on Skype calls to mobile and landlines (which costs money but typically less than those using only landlines or wireless).

Of course, there other Skype numbers that aren’t as glowing. Last year, for instance, it lost $7 million. And only a small percentage of its users pay for services.

Microsoft plans to integrate Skype into a number of different areas including its Windows Phone and Lync, its unified communication software for businesses, but has not detailed specifically what it plans to do with it.

The acquisition is awaiting final regulatory approval.

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