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Company Overview of Skype Technologies, S.A.

Company Overview

Skype Technologies, S.A. provides Skype, a software that enables individuals and businesses to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages, and share files with other Skype users. It also enables to make calls to landlines and mobiles internationally. In addition, the company’s Skype Connect provides a business solution that enables IP-enabled private branch exchange (PBX) or unified communications (UC) systems to connect to Skype. Further, it offers headsets, Webcams, and phones through its online shop. It serves users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Skype Technologies S.A. has a strategic agreement with Avaya Inc.; and a strategic partnership ...

22/24 Boulevard Royal

6e etage

Luxembourg,  2449


Founded in 2003


352 408 376 7425


352 408 376 7401

Key Executives for Skype Technologies, S.A.

Chief Legal Officer and Chief Regulatory Officer
Age: 61
Chief Technology Strategist
Global Head of Reward & Human Resources Operations
Chief Development Officer
Vice President of Finance
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

Skype Technologies, S.A. Key Developments

Skype Offers Speedier Syncing on Windows 8.1

Skype offers Speedier Syncing on Windows 8.1, a new update for users of Microsoft's latest OS remedies one of the multiplatform software's biggest annoyances and ensures that mobile and desktop Skype clients are no longer out of sync. Microsoft is promising a smoother Skype experience on Windows 8.1 with an update that does a better job syncing Skype across different platforms. Skype 2.6, available now at the Windows Store, will help stop Skype apps from displaying mismatched information. Further, Microsoft plans to roll out roaming for Favorites contact lists and notifications that follow users on the devices that they are currently using, eliminating duplicate notifications on an unused smartphone or tablet, for instance. Skype 2.6 also addresses an irritating quirk that has plagued users who run Skype on multiple devices. The update follows a recent batch of enhancements that Microsoft issued for Skype on Outlook.com, the company's popular online email service. A new browser plug-in for PC users enables HD video calls directly from within the inbox, and a separate plug-in enables support for Safari under Mac OS X.

Skype Announces Skype 6.1 Version of its Windows Desktop

Skype announced that Version 6.1 of its Windows desktop client integrates with Outlook, meaning users can launch Skype IM sessions and phone calls with their Outlook contacts directly from the application. This new integration between Skype 6.1 and Outlook may prove compelling enough to soothe Windows users who learned earlier this week that Microsoft plans to kill off Messenger in March in favor of Skype. The new integration, which works with Outlook 2010 and later, means users now view their Outlook contacts' online statuses, contact information, and mood message via Outlook contact cards, according to Skype. Additionally, users can initiate phone calls to contacts' mobile phones or landlines, and they can engage in chat sessions, audio calls, or video calls with Outlook contacts who are also among their Skype contacts.

Skype Technologies S.A. Names Elisa Steele as Corporate Vice President of Marketing

Skype Technologies S.A. announced it is adding Elisa Steele to its senior management team as Corporate Vice President to lead marketing for the company. In this role, Elisa will oversee the company's global brand and marketing functions, as well as local go-to-market activities. Elisa will report to Skype President Tony Bates and will be based at the company's office in Palo Alto. Elisa has extensive experience global marketing at technology companies and joins the company after serving as EVP and chief marketing officer at Yahoo!. During her time at Yahoo!, she was responsible for the company's global marketing strategy and functions including brand, consumer, business-business, research & insights, communications, policy, privacy, and regional marketing. Prior to Yahoo!, Elisa she was senior vice president of corporate marketing at NetApp, where she led a transformational global brand strategy for the Company. She was responsible for the company's new strategic positioning and the execution of marketing programs, communications, corporate relations, and integrated marketing functions. Before NetApp, Elisa led Sun Microsystems' integrated marketing and merchandising organization, where she was responsible for global go-to-market initiatives, campaign execution, events, digital marketing, and installed-base marketing. Her experience also includes marketing management positions at iPlanet eCommerce Solutions and JavaSoft. Elisa was a top performing sales leader at AT&T for several years, producing revenue growth nationally and managing diverse sales organizations.

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