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Voice chat allows telephone calls between pairs of users and conference calling and uses a proprietary audio codec.
Skype's text chat client allows group chats, emoticons, storing chat history, and editing of previous messages.
It has become the largest international voice carrier (by minutes of calls). In 2012, Skype introduced a new version for Windows 8 similar to the Windows Phone version.
They are working with Universal Studios, Disney Muppets, BBC and other studios to add to the available collection of Mojis.
First released in August 2003, Skype was created by the Swede Niklas Zennström and the Dane Janus Friis, in cooperation with Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, Estonians who developed the backend that was also used in the music-sharing application Kazaa.
In September 2005, e Bay acquired Skype for .6 billion.
When the company introduced Office 2013 on 27 February 2013, it was announced that 60 Skype world minutes per month would be included in Office 365 consumer plans (Home and Personal, and University).
Furthermore, Microsoft discontinued two of its own products in favor of Skype: In a month-long transition period from 8 to 30 April 2013, Microsoft phased out its long-standing Windows Live Messenger instant messaging service in favor of Skype, although Messenger continued in mainland China.