Skype was bought by eBay for $3.1 billion in 2005, and ultimately sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011, following a period where Silver Lake Partners was its majority owner.

Skype is the globally leading communication platform that enables anyone to interact with friends and colleagues across the world for free. Founded in 2002 by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, Skype has grown to generate over $1 billion in revenue, and has over 40 million concurrent online users at peak times. It is available for your computer, mobile and TV, and can also be used by businesses to significantly reduce their communication costs.

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