The makers of business phone systems based on VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) have a lot to thank Skype for. Skype, which was recently purchased by Microsoft for 8.5 billion dollars was the pioneer of VOIP technology, and took it to the mass-consumer market. While everyone is excited by the number of Facebook users, Skype has well over 600 million users. Skype continues to add users every month, and that is something that Facebook cannot do. Here is a look at some of the milestones of Skype, VOIP technologies, and what we can expect in the future.
If you doubt the popularity of VOIP audio and video calls, then you just need to look at some of the statistics. Skype to Skype free calls, and not including those extremely cost effective international calls from a Skype number to ordinary phones, totaled over 45 billion in the last 3 months of 2010 alone. Skype averages around 10 million new users every month. Skype to Skype calls are essentially cost free. The only charge is for the use of the internet connection. If you are using free wifi, then there is no charge at all. Skype calls alone, are accounting for over 15% of the international calls made around the world. Skype calls are now prominently made with video. Why wouldn’t you use video if you could with the click of a mouse, and it did not cost you any money?
Skype has predominantly been a consumer based product. Skype for business is growing in popularity, and addition services like Skype for teachers is making online education extremely effective. The old PBX system is antiquated, outdated, costly and has been replaced by business systems that integrate more traditional looking handsets, VOIP technologies and traditional landlines. The reason being, in some locations, it is still cheaper to make local calls through traditional means. The VOIP business phone systems are the cost-effective replacement of the old telephone exchange. Adding a new extension or phone number to your business only takes a matter of minutes and you can do it yourself through simple application configuration.
Skype Meet Microsoft
Skype was recently purchased by Microsoft for a whopping 8.8 billion dollars. That is some pretty serious money for a communications application. Windows 8 is expected to revolutionize the way we think about computers, tablets and smartphones. It will be the first operating system to run all devices. It will integrate internet-based applications that once only worked inside your browser, into the full power and native functions of the operating system.
Will we see VOIP communications through Skype becoming the norm? Will every copy of Windows 8 have the latest version of Skype? How much further will Microsoft take the technology of Skype? Considering the huge market share of personal computers Windows continues to dominate, we can expect some huge improvements, and increased VOIP user numbers. Is your business taking advantage of VOIP?