Skype didn’t deliver on P2P’s promise, but Estonia has


While Skype is now a Microsoft-owned behemoth, its early days were very different. Skype‘s heritage goes back to KaZaa, a P2P (peer-to-peer) file-sharing application that was one of the pillars of the early internet. And while the spirit of those times petered in Skype itself, the country of its origin, Estonia, has fulfilled the promise of P2P. First, some context. We met Tanel Erm – the Managing Director of Microsoft’s Estonia dev center – in Talinn, who gave us some insight into the early days of Skype and the company’s evolution from scrappy start-up to tech titan. The beginnings Let’s start with…

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