Ex-Skypers unveil Wire app, offering voice, messaging and more

Gigaom

Skype co-founder Janus Friis is backing a new communications network called Wire, which is based out of Zug, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany – and is led by a bunch of ex-Skypers.

[company]Wire[/company] offers voice calling and one-to-one or group messaging, and users can also share pictures, [company]SoundCloud[/company] music and YouTube videos. As with other more fully-fledged communications services such as [company]WeChat[/company], Wire could arguably be described as a social network of sorts.

It’s initially available for free on iOS, Android and OS X, though according to the Guardian an HTML5 browser version is in the works that will bring Wire to Windows PCs as well.

The voice calling functionality uses in-house technology that supposedly delivers very good quality, though Wire is also compatible with standard WebRTC, the plugin-free technology that starting to power more and more in-browser voice, video and messaging tools – perhaps even Skype itself at some…

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