Skype Co-Founder Backs Wire, A New Communications App Launching Today On iOS, Android And Mac
Skype co-founder Janus Friis is backing a new communications app called Wire, out now for iOS, Android and Mac OS X. The app itself is the reimagining of how a communications tool like Skype should operate had it been built today. Much of that, in Wire’s case, means under-the-hood improvements that users don’t necessarily see, such as advancements in media processing, audio technology, file compression and delivery, and more.
Wire pairs this more solid infrastructure with an uncluttered, simple design that will likely be the initial attraction for mainstream users.
Skype, of course, is one of the top communication apps in the world, but it’s also running on dated technology. Users still experience issues with call quality, connection problems, synchronization and more.
“Skype was launched more than a decade ago. A lot has changed since then – we are all used to free calls and texting, and we have taken to carrying our computers in our pockets,” said Friis in a statement about Wire’s launch. “It is time to create the best possible communication tools, as beautiful as they are useful,” he says. “Wire is just that.”
Wire of course is not the first attempt at reimagining communications for the mobile age. Even Skype’s team inside Microsoft rebuilt its take on a modern Skype with a new app called Qik launched recently.
Based in Zug, Switzerland, Berlin and elsewhere, Wire has a strong team with deep backgrounds in communications, including those who worked in product and technology at Apple, Skype, Nokia and Microsoft. Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Christensen has been in Internet communications for 15 years, having previously worked on MSN Messenger and Lync at Microsoft, and then later co-founded audio-processing software company Camino Networks, which was later acquired by Skype.
Co-founder Alan Duric (CTO) also co-founded Camino, as well as Telio, a VoIP company similar to Vonage. Wire’s head of product design Priidu Zilmer previously led design teams at Vdio and Skype. And Wire’s Chief Scientist Koen Vos created the audio compression format SILKand co-created the audio coding format Opus.