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Skype works on 3-D calling system

The Internet calling company Skype says 3-D calls are in the works.

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The exterior view of Skype offices in Palo Alto, Calif., are shown.
The Internet calling company celebrated its 10th anniversary this month.

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The idea of being able to have a business partner, friend, or family member materialize in front of you, in a three-dimensional form, is appealing, if not frighteningly futuristic. But having a “body-double” materialize might be the next big thing in online calling.

The Internet communication company Skype has developed this kind of 3-D calling system, says Mark Gillett, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Skype.

Mr. Gillett’s announcement came just before Skype celebrates its 10th anniversary on Thursday and could be seen as an attempt by the company to keep consumers interested at a time when international callers have an increasingly wide range of options for making calls abroad.

 

“Today, companies like Whatsapp, Viber, and others are leaders in the mobile communication space – that’s something that Skype has to fight hard to get back,” Gillett told the BBC. A new type of online call might be a way to accomplish this.

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