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Kazaa Leverages Skype for Free Net Calls

November 23rd, 2004

Two of the net’s most widely used programs, Kazaa – a peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing application – and Skype – a P2P internet phone application, have teamed up.

Sharman Networks, makers of the popular Kazaa filesharing tool, has included Skype’s “free net phoning” technology in version 3.0, which came out Monday.

The new package also offers more advanced searching and a “free blog trial”.

Skype, headquartered in Luxembourg, is the newest venture of Niklas Zennstrцm and Janus Friis, co-founders of Kazaa and Altnet, a secure peer-to-peer network.

Nikki Hemming, CEO of Sharman Networks (the firm behind Kazaa), said: “The inclusion of Skype is a natural extension of the Kazaa product and of peer-to-peer. As pioneers in the P2P field, Sharman Networks believes the integration of Skype – considered the best product in the market for Internet phone calls – will deliver powerful consumer benefits.”

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