Skype co-founder reveals service’s origins as WiFi-sharing network

Skype co-founder reveals service’s origins as WiFi-sharing network

Everyone and their mother knows Skype as a call and chat messenger, but it would’ve been a completely different beast if its founders’ original plans came to fruition.”The initial idea was to develop a WiFi-sharing network, and then provide various ‘telecom-like’ services on top of that, such as TV and telephony,” explained founding engineer Jaan Tallinn in a Reddit AMA. Tallin compared the project to Fon , but he and his co-founders hit a wall: they couldn’t offer TV services because they were battling copyright lawsuits as developers of P2P file-sharing site Kazaa . The team also had trouble finding a decent VoIP product to attach to the service and wound up concocting their own technology instead. The new VoIP tech, which was supposed to be named Skype r until the team noticed Skyper.net was already taken, eventually became the focus of the service. It’s an interesting look at the birth of the chat messenger we know today

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Skype co-founder reveals service’s origins as WiFi-sharing network

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