Skype has hinted that it is working to add 3D video call capabilities to its service in the future, as the firm celebrates 10 years since it was founded.
Skype was launched in August 2003 as an internet messaging service offering free voice-over-IP (VoIP) calls to other Skype users, plus instant messaging capability. Since then, the service has added video call and group video capabilities, and its user base has grown to over 300 million people worldwide.
The firm, which has been a division of Microsoft since 2011, now appears to be readying 3D call capability for a future release of the product.
In an interview with the BBC, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Skype Mark Gillett said that the firm has done a lot of work in its labs looking at the capabilities of 3D display screens and 3D capture technologies.
However, he warned that it would likely be many years before this technology reached the market, because the available technology on the 3D capture side is just not up to scratch yet, especially at a price point where consumers would be interested in buying into it.
Consumer interest in 3D technology in general has also been waning, with the BBC itself recently shelving plans for any further 3D television shows. Whether there would be any significant demand for a 3D Skype call service is thus questionable, even if the hardware was ready.
However, Skype itself seems to have a secure future, with Microsoft phasing out the Windows Messenger instant messaging service in favour of Skype, and working to integrate the platform more closely with other Microsoft products such as its widely used Outlook mail client. Microsoft also recently announced that Skype will be included as standard with the Windows 8.1 update of its operating system, due in October.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Skype is offering its users 30 minutes of free WiFi service at any of the firm's two million Skype WiFi partner hotspots, according to a posting on Skype's blog.
Although the offer started at 12am on 29 August and will end at 12am on 30 August, Skype said the 30 minutes can be used at any time over the next month, providing users sign up via a supported WiFi network and use Skype WiFi to connect.
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