Partnership Creates World's Largest Online Voice-Connected Community
Beta Version of 'MySpaceIM with Skype' Announced Today
LOS ANGELES & LUXEMBOURG, October 17 /CNW/ - MySpace, the world's most
popular social network, and Skype, the leading Internet communications
company, today announced a partnership to empower the MySpace community with
voice communications. With more than 110 million monthly active MySpace users
and 220 million Skype(TM) registered users around the world, this partnership
connects two of the most popular communications platforms on the Internet to
create the world's largest online, voice-connected community.
The announcement unveils MySpaceIM with Skype, a new product that
integrates MySpace's popular IM client--currently the world's fastest-growing
IM platform with more than 25 million installed users--with Skype's free,
high-quality voice-calling capability. The partnership will also enable users
to link their MySpace profiles and photos or avatars to their accounts on
Skype. Both products will be available to users starting in November.
Launching in 20 countries where MySpace has localized communities,
MySpaceIM with Skype will enable millions of users to place free Skype
Internet calls to other MySpace or Skype users. The addition of Skype
voice-calling to MySpace's instant messaging feature gives users more ways to
easily connect with friends and family around the world, and does not require
MySpace users to download any additional Skype software.
"MySpaceIM with Skype is a truly groundbreaking product integration and
partnership," said Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of MySpace. "Skype has
the leading technology in Internet voice communications and an enormous
international user base that we're thrilled to connect with our existing
community. Our network has no geographical boundaries--Internet calling is the
natural next step for how our members communicate with each other."
Skype is available in 28 languages and is used in almost every country
around the world. The ability for Skype users to link their Skype accounts to
their MySpace profiles will be available globally, except in Japan, China and
Taiwan. In addition to free, high-quality Skype calling, MySpaceIM with Skype
will also allow the users of the MySpace network to optionally select Skype's
premium fee-based products, including:
-- SkypeOut(TM) - To make calls to landlines and cell phones
domestically or internationally;
-- SkypeIn(TM) - A local phone number to receive calls wherever you are
in the world from other people on landlines or cell phones;
-- Voicemail - To take voice messages when you're busy or offline; and
-- Call forwarding - To redirect incoming Skype calls to a landline or
"Both MySpace and Skype have become a part of people's lives by bringing
people closer together, no matter where they live in the world. This
partnership reiterates that Skype is the platform of choice for Internet
communications because we make it simpler and easier for people to place free
calls to one another whether they are on Skype or within the MySpace network,"
said Michael Van Swaaij, interim CEO of Skype.
MySpaceIM with Skype takes advantage of the many personal privacy
settings available to users throughout the MySpace network. Users who have a
MySpace profile set to "private" can not receive a Skype call from someone who
is not on their friends list. Users can also choose to allow only those
individuals they have affirmatively added to their Skype personal contact list
to call them. Users are empowered to block any MySpaceIM with Skype user at
any time, and with the "incoming call window" users can pre-screen incoming
callers in order to accept, ignore, or block the call.
Financial terms of the MySpace and Skype deal were not disclosed.
MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., is the premier lifestyle
portal for connecting with friends, discovering popular culture, and making a
positive impact on the world. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant
messaging, e-mail, music streaming, music videos, photo galleries, classified
listings, events, groups, college communities, and member forums, MySpace has
created a connected community. As the first ranked web domain in terms of page
views(c), MySpace is the most widely-used and highly regarded site of its kind
and is committed to providing the highest quality member experience. MySpace
will continue to innovate with new features that allow its members to express
their creativity and share their lives, both online and off. MySpace's
international network includes localized community sites in the United States,
France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland,
Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Latin America,
Denmark, Norway, Finland and the United Kingdom. Fox Interactive Media is a
division of News Corp. (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX:NWS, NWSLV).
(*)Among the top 2000 domains comScore Media Metrix, September 2007. For
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Skype sets conversations free by providing new and easy ways to stay in
touch over the Internet. Millions of people every day make free Skype-to-Skype
voice and video calls and send instant messages using our software. Some pay a
little per minute for long-distance and international calls to phones and
mobiles and for SMS, voicemail and call forwarding, or they buy subscriptions
that give unlimited calls nationwide. We certify and sell hundreds of hardware
products from more than 50 partners and work with third-party developers to
create software to extend Skype's functionality. Skype has been downloaded
more than half a billion times and over 220 million people from almost every
corner of the globe have registered. Make your world a smaller place: talk,
share and do more with Skype.
Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY), and you can learn more and get
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: MySpace Dani Dudeck, 310-969-7148
firstname.lastname@example.org or Tracy Akselrud, 310-969-2813 email@example.com or
Alice Regester, +44 020 3077 4087 firstname.lastname@example.org or Skype Jennifer
Caukin, 408-376-8787 Jennifer.email@example.com or Imogen Bailey, +44