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Sunday, September 28, 2008

One billion Skype downloads served today

Jean Mercier is the Skype Numerologist and a regular contributor to Skype Journal.

Today is the birthday of my oldest son, 22 years. But also today, at about 9h17 GMT, Skype reached the phenomenal number of 1 billion downloads.

Congratulations Stefan and congratulations Skype !!!

Some comments about this number:

  • This means about 2.8 downloads for each registered username
  • The current mean download speed is about 500 downloads/minute
  • In the past there were short periods where the mean download speed was much higher than 1500 / minute
  • The last two years the speed of downloads was mainly linear (see the light blue straight line)
  • A download doesn't necessarily mean a "new user", as "old users" also download Skype on "new or other computers" and when Skype releases "new client versions"
  • And last but not least, Skype belongs to the top ten most downloaded applications ever.

[EDITED] Hehe, Skype was also very aware of the 1 billion, because Josh Silverman blogged on it also some minutes after reaching that milestone, but I think I was first: I posted at 9h26 GMT, and he posted on 9h35 GMT! ;-)

[Editor: About 6.7 billion people live on Earth, 1.46 billion use the Internet. — Internet World Stats]

1 billion Skype software downloads

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At September 29, 2008 at 6:36 PM , Anonymous jan geirnaert said...

meaningless numbers just like the 350 million users of skype... i see no geographical numbers of how many users.customers skype has per country. "my software was download 1 billion times" big deal... since those are mostly updates. rather ask them how many time their skype 4.0 was downloaded


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