Skype Goes Beyond Voice and Introduces SkypeFind and Beta Version of Skype Prime



    LUXEMBOURG, March 14 /CNW/ - Skype today announced Skype(TM) 3.1 for
Windows, introducing SkypeFind(TM) and Skype Prime(TM) (Beta), giving people
new ways to share knowledge with one another. These new additions take Skype
beyond simple voice and video calls into new markets where access to expertise
and knowledge are essential commodities.

    In less than four years, Skype has become a vibrant community of over 171
million registered users worldwide. SkypeFind is the latest in a series of
features that give people more to do and share online. It marks a new wave in
Internet communications that goes far beyond just talking or chatting.

    Designed to be a community-generated guide, SkypeFind lets users rate,
review and log their favorite businesses no matter where they live. Since
launching in Beta three weeks ago, SkypeFind has attracted more than 4500
listings in over 124 countries and expects these listings to increase to over
a million by the end of the year.

    According to a recent report from Forrester Research, more than one
quarter of online consumers have submitted a rating or review of a product or
service or contributed to a discussion board ("Leveraging User-Generated
Content," Brian Haven, January 25, 2007).

    Sten Tamkivi, general manager of eCommerce for Skype says, "SkypeFind
brings the global community to your doorstep. Skype users love sharing
knowledge with one another because it is so liberating and empowering.
SkypeFind is also so easy to use - even if you're abroad. If you're traveling
in France and you want to find a great restaurant, just log onto Skype, click
on SkypeFind and you have recommendations you can trust, direct from the Skype
community."

    Also launched today is the Beta release of Skype Prime - a new
marketplace which brings together those people who have expertise or knowledge
to sell with others who are seeking advice and happy to pay for it. Skype was
built from the ground up and Skype Prime is no exception and is in the very
early stages of its lifecycle.

    Currently in its beta test phase, Skype Prime is reliant on how people
and small businesses sell and share their expertise and knowledge on Skype.
User feedback has always been a fundamental part of how Skype has evolved as a
product and equally, a part of its popularity.

    Giving millions of people and small businesses the opportunity to charge
for their expertise, Skype Prime is a new direction for the company. Skype
Prime offers Skype users the chance to make money and reach potential
customers all over the world provided they are using Skype 3.1 for Windows. It
is easy to set up and you can determine your own per minute or one-off fees.
Skype Prime fees are paid using PayPal and subject to a 30% charge by Skype
for using the Skype Prime service.

    Tamkivi adds that Skype Prime "is all about making the world a smaller
place. If you are a financial advisor or astrologer, a sports coach or a tutor
and you want to sell your expertise online, Skype Prime opens up a whole new
market by letting you sell your knowledge to Skype's global community."

    Skype's popularity originates in letting people make free Skype calls
over the Internet. As the world's largest Internet communications community,
Skype is committed to giving its users the ability to set their conversations
free at home, at work and on the move.

    Skype is focused on further developing its ecosystem of more than 50
hardware partners and more than 160 Skype Certified(TM) devices to broaden the
appeal of Skype to a wider base of users who want to use Skype away from the
PC, no matter where they happen to be. This is especially true for Skype users
who want to take advantage of the mobile Skype experience, which is already
accessible to more than 5 million Skype users on over 120 different Windows
Mobile(R) Smartphones and Pocket PC devices.

    About SkypeFind

    SkypeFind is a new, user-generated guide that lets the Skype community
share, rate and review businesses - from car dealerships to flower shops to
hair salons to restaurants - worldwide. To add a recommended business, simply
click on the SkypeFind tab and add your review and rating. To search for a
business, simply select the country you wish to search in, enter the type of
business you are looking for and then click on search. Should you wish to call
the business you've found, simply select the green call button and a
SkypeOut(TM) call will be immediately placed. Initially, SkypeFind will not
allow for paid-for listings.

    About Skype Prime

    Skype Prime is a new way for people to sell their expertise, answers and
advice anytime and anywhere to other Skype users who are seeking this
knowledge, entertainment or skill and are happy to pay for it. Skype Prime is
very straightforward to use. It consists of Skype-to-Skype voice and video
calls and includes a convenient payment feature. People using Skype Prime to
sell their knowledge or expertise can charge for their advice once the Skype
user has confirmed they will pay the relevant fee.

    About Skype

    Skype is the world's fastest-growing Internet communication offering,
allowing unlimited free voice, video and instant messaging communication
between users of Skype Software. With over 171 million registered users, Skype
is available in 28 languages and is used in almost every country around the
world. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings such as making
and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, voicemail, call
forwarding and personalization including ringtones and avatars. Skype also has
relationships with a growing network of hardware and software providers.

    Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ:  EBAY). To learn more visit Skype at
www.skype.com.

    Access to a broadband Internet connection is required for Skype and all
Skype Certified devices and accessories. Skype is not a replacement for your
traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.

    Skype, SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Me, Skype Certified, Skypecasts,
associated logos and the "S" symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.




For further information:

For further information: Kaplow Chaim Haas, 212-221-1713
chaas@kaplowpr.com or Skype Jennifer Caukin, 408-540-6306
Jennifer.caukin@skype.net

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