Liveblog: Skype Press Conference
Skype is set to debut some mobile-related news at the Consumer Electronics Show. Phone Scoop is live on site!
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Jan 6, 2011, 1:49 PM: Skype has ideas for education, and wants to offer Skype in every classroom.
Jan 6, 2011, 1:48 PM: Skype believe that the mobile focus is what it will help penetrate all the way to the most remote users who don't have access to broadband.
Jan 6, 2011, 1:48 PM: Connect everyone on the planet, on whatever device, both intimate and everyday experiences. "Kind of at the beginning of this."
Jan 6, 2011, 1:47 PM: Skype's CEO just apologized for the U.S.-centric nature of its press conference today. Talking about Skype in cars and in video baby monitors.
Jan 6, 2011, 1:46 PM: Skype is also announcing SkypeKit, which is a set of tools that OEMs can use to add Skype to their devices.
Jan 6, 2011, 1:44 PM: Group video is available via the desktop only, not for mobile. Skype is also working to bring Skype to televisions.
Jan 6, 2011, 1:43 PM: Group calling is now available for consumers and enterprises. Up to 10-way group video calling.
Jan 6, 2011, 1:43 PM: Skype just announced that it is going to acquire Qik, which makes premium video surfaces.
Jan 6, 2011, 1:41 PM: The new Skype video chat app was downloaded 4 million times in the first 24 hours, and saw 1 million video calls.
Jan 6, 2011, 1:39 PM: Skype powers 520 million voice minutes per day, 190 billion per year.
Jan 6, 2011, 1:39 PM: Now he's talking about a study which claims that Skype is the largest international calling minutes across the world. Skype is responsible for 25% of the world's international calling minutes. That's huge!
Jan 6, 2011, 1:38 PM: The CEO is apologizing for the recent Skype outage that affected its millions of customers. The posted a report on what it learned during the outage. Skype was surprised by the customer response to the issue.
Jan 6, 2011, 1:37 PM: Skype's new CEO has taken the stage and is talking about himself a bit. He's talking about his new role, and how he's adjusting to working for Skype.
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