Happy 10th anniversary, Skype!

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HOUSTON – Let’s face it — the world of communications has evolved so much over the last 10 years, that you have no more excuses to not to call you mom, your dad, your siblings, your dog or even your imaginary friend.  Skype is celebrating its tenth anniversary, folks.  So let’s raise our glass to all the travelers, soldiers, students, immigrants and fugitives living in distant lands who now feel a little bit more connected.
Over 300 million users make an average of 2 billion minutes of online video-calls each days.  Although we’re still waiting and waiting for the chance to communicate through holograms, there’s no doubt Skype represents a giant leap forward.  And it’s also become a verb!

Apparently the business of letting people make free video-calls is on the rise: Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for Skype in 2011 and Apple has recently developed its own “FaceTime”.  That’s right: the world keeps on shrinking to make room for a promising future of innovations.  There you go “three monkeys”: it’s time for an update.