July 27, 2004 â€” Skype 1.0 â€” Global Calling, Local Rates
Today Skype launches its free, Skype for Windows Version 1.0 software, which includes SkypeOut,
enabling Skype users to pre-pay and call any phone number in the world at highly competitive local rates.
Also included in Skype 1.0 is a new file transfer feature and other software enhancements…
Thanks to our beta users evangelising Skype, their continued feedback and our exceptional development team, Skype now delivers on the long anticipated promise of Internet telephony,â€ said Niklas ZennstrÃ¶m, Skype CEO and co-founder. â€œSkype is helping consumers everywhere move beyond the limitations of last centuryâ€™s telecommunications tools to experience new value and quality.â€
â€ I knew it was over when I downloaded Skype,â€ Michael Powell, chairman, Federal Communications Commission, explained. â€œWhen the inventors of KaZaA are distributing for free a little program that you can use to talk to anybody else, and the quality is fantastic, and itâ€™s free â€“ itâ€™s over.
The world will change now inevitably.â€
Fortune Magazine, 16th February 2004
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