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Skype Hits A New Usage High

by Sean P. Aune | November 24, 2010November 24, 2010 4:00 pm PST

On Monday the 22nd, you may have seen a new number down in the bottom left corner of your Skype window. True, the number of users is always there, but you had never seen it hit 25,000,000 before.

Rumors have been circulating for a while now that Skype is preparing to go public next year with an IPO of common stock.  So is there really a better time for the popular VoIP service to hit a new record number of concurrent users?

Skype LogoSkype announced this news to the world in a blog post yesterday, and also shared that in 2009 users made 113 billion minutes worth of Skype-to-Skype calls, and in the first six months of this year the amount of video calls had grown to be 40 percent of the company’s traffic.

As I write this, Skype is showing just over 22 million concurrent users, and with the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States happening on Thursday, it isn’t hard to imagine that the record will be broken again.  Skype is the perfect solution for families that are separated by distance during the holidays, and with the obvious turn of users to doing more video with the service, what better way to include distant family members in the happenings of the day?

What say you?  Are you finding yourself using Skype any more than you used to?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...