Skype was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Luxembourg with offices in Europe, Asia and the United States.
With more than 370 million registered users globally who use Skype™ software to communicate for free through voice and video calls as well as instant messages, this business is revolutionizing the way people interact with each other around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings, such as calls made to and from landlines and mobiles, voicemail, call forwarding, and SMS. Used in almost every country on Earth, people have made more than 100 billion minutes worth of free Skype-to-Skype calls. Conversations over Skype can take place on computers, mobile devices and Skype Certified™ hardware. Skype certifies and sells hundreds of hardware products from more than 50 partners, and works with hundreds of third-party developers who have created plug-ins to extend Skype’s functionality.
Though nowadays part of Microsoft, the Skype offices are still in Luxembourg.
"Our corporate headquarters has always been located in Luxembourg for several reasons. There was early interest from investors to invest in an EU-based company.
In addition, the tax and legal environment is clear and consistent and the government has a very pragmatic approach to business. The other important factor is that the location enables excellent access to Europe."