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2004 World Technology Awards Winners & Finalists

Skype

Please describe the work that you are doing that you consider to be the most innovative and of the greatest likely long-term significance.

We're proud to be recognized for delivering on the long awaited promise of Internet telephony. Skype delights and respects the users who have driven our initial success and we will continue developing for Skype 1.0 and beyond.

Skype is the Global P2P Telephony Company™ that is changing the telecommunications world by offering consumers free, superior-quality calling worldwide. Skype, allows people everywhere to make free, unlimited, superior quality voice calls via its innovative peer-to-peer software. (www.skype.com).

Co-founded by Kazaa inventors, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, Skype is enabling people to create the first user-driven, software based, global Internet telephony network.

“The idea of charging for calls belongs to the last century. Skype software gives people new power to affordably stay in touch with their friends and family by taking advantage of their technology and connectivity investments.” Niklas Zennström, CEO & Co-founder of Skype

Skype aims to delight the users by offering free global telephony, to make unlimited, superior quality voice calls via its next-generation peer-to-peer software and with features that they themselves have requested. Skype’s mission is providing a simple, reliable and friendly communications tool that just works. We aim for people to communicate with friends, families, and colleagues more flexibly, more cost effectively, and with better sound quality than ever previously imagined.

The rapid proliferation of broadband, plus Skype, gives anyone around the world real choice in communications. Skype is promoting further adoption of high-quality connectivity, and works with world class telecommunications companies that share the vision to provide better ways for people to communicate. Skype is working hard and expanding to new platforms, including mobile devices and handsets. Internet telephony is in its infancy and Skype will lead the innovations forward — beyond what we can imagine today.

Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has said that telecomm as we know it is through. "I knew it was over when I downloaded Skype," he said. "When 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 it's free—it's over. The world will change now inevitably." Fortune Magazine Monday, January 26, 2004