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Skype reaches 40 million users online

Record number of users signed in at the same time
Wed Apr 11 2012, 15:49

COMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE FIRM Skype has announced that more than 40 million concurrent users were signed into its voice over IP (VoIP) and chat service at the same time on Tuesday.

Understandably, the Microsoft subsidiary boasted about reaching this milestone in a blog post. It said, "This is a massive new milestone for a simple piece of software that helps make meaningful connections - a cool part of people's lives every single day. Thanks to Skype you can make audio and video calls, send SMS and instant messages, get voicemails or share files with anyone anywhere on Skype quickly and easily at low to no cost."

It was only last month that Skype announced its previous record had been broken when 35 million users were logged into the service simultaneously.

Earlier this year Skype released a beta version of its VoIP and chat app for Windows Phone. The final release is expected to be out by the end of April.

The European Commission approved the buyout of Skype by Microsoft under EU merger regulations in October of last year. µ


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