Skype Hits 2 Billion Minutes Per Day Mark - SQL Server 2012's 1st Anniversary Sweepstakes

Skype users spending more than 2 billion minutes connecting with each other per day. SQL Server 2012 1st anniversary daily Sweepstakes. Webmatrix 3 web-development tool bundle, SkyDrive for iOS v3 released.

Skype has hit a major milestone "users are now spending 2 billion minutes per day connecting with one another!"

"That's enough time to travel to the moon and back over 225 thousand times, walk around Earth more than 845 times or travel to Mars more than 5,400 times," writes Elisa Steele.

Adding, she wrote, "2 billion minutes is a testament to our users who are making Skype the everyday communications hub that brings people together. This massive amount of connection - enough time to watch 1.6 million movies - is also a testament to the hard work of our product teams who have enabled these great experiences."

"2 billion minutes is more than 33 million hours of people singing, laughing, joking and staying in touch. That means 1,388,000 days of togetherness which make up more than 3,805 years of sharing or nearly 38 centuries of time spent on Skype in one day," added Steele.

Below is a T2 billion minutes infographic by Skype:

Skype User spends 2 Billion minutes per day: Infographic

Update 04/05: The Skype team just posted the video of its new office in London--"This office has been designed specifically for Skype and even has the Skype experience built in. Over three floors, in a landmark neo-gothic building, the spaces cluster around a series of hubs. The first and most central of these is called the Chill, where everyone can meet, eat, and reinvent the wheel. The giant screens there allow everyone in the building to share a Skype call with people in Skype offices across the globe," the team wrote.

Also, Microsoft is celebrating the one year anniversary of SQL Server 2012 with new daily sweepstakes.

"On this first anniversary of SQL Server 2012, we are well over 63,000 fans strong on the SQL Server Facebook page, and nearly 128,000 fans strong on the SQL Server Twitter channel," Microsoft stated.

So, to say thank you, "we're introducing a daily sweepstakes where we will give out a Microsoft/SQL Server branded swag pack to one of our amazing community members, each day in April, beginning today, April 4, 2013," the company adds.

To enter the sweepstake you must follow @SQLServer throughout the month of April - the more daily questions you answer, the more chances you have to win!

See complete contest rules here.

Daily Sweepstakes Celebrate the first Anniversary of SQL Server 2012!

SkyDrive for iOS device has hit version 3.0, now provides better photo handling, some performance enhancements including:

  • Support for iPhone 5 and iPad Mini
  • Updated app icons and user experience
  • Works better with your photos:
    • Download full resolution photos to your iPhone or iPad
    • Control the size of photos you upload and download
    • Photo metadata is retained when you upload to SkyDrive
  • Opening and saving files to SkyDrive works better with other apps on your iOS devices
  • Many other small changes, bug fixes and performance improvements

Grab it from the iTunes App Store.

Finally, Microsoft has also made available for download an updated version 3 of its WebMatrix tool.

WebMatrix is a free set of tools for creating, publishing and maintaining Web sites. It enables developers to quickly install and publish open-source applications or built-in templates to create, publish and maintain their Web sites. Included in the bundle are a Web server, database engines, various programming languages and more. It is aimed at developers using ASP.Net, PHP, Node.js and/or HTML5.

""WebMatrix 3," adds integration with Git and Microsoft's TFS source-control systems. It also provides easy access to Windows Azure websites (the Web hosting framework codenamed "Antares"), as well as seamless access of remote sites, better integration with Windows Azure and improved Intellisense for PHP and Node.js."

You can download WebMatrix 3 here.

webmatrix 3 open source cloud based web development tool