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Skype and Citrix Announce Partnership to Deliver Leading Web and Audio Conferencing Capabilities

Partnership Will Enable Businesses to Collaborate More Effectively and Efficiently

ORLANDO, FL, March 1, 2011 - In a keynote address at Enterprise Connect 2011 in Orlando, Skype today announced a strategic partnership with Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), a global leader in virtual computing and Web collaboration. The partnership will enable Skype to introduce new, easy-to-use, Web and audio conferencing capabilities enabled with GoToMeeting® technology from Citrix. It will help expand Skype's business offerings by providing powerful collaboration features for businesses of all sizes to set up and hold meetings. Based on Citrix's successful GoToMeeting product, Skype's new Web conferencing and audio features are expected to become available towards the end of the year.

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Avaya and Skype Sign Strategic Agreement for Business Communications and Collaboration Solutions

Agreement includes plans for industry-first federation between Avaya and Skype communication platforms
BASKING RIDGE, NJ and LUXEMBOURG, 29 September 2010 – Avaya, a global leader in enterprise communications systems, software and services, and Skype today announced a strategic agreement to deliver innovative, real-time communications and collaboration solutions to businesses of all sizes. The multi-phase deal includes both go-to-market and an industry-first, joint technology integration that seeks to enable businesses to lower costs and expand how employees, customers, partners and suppliers communicate and collaborate with greater convenience and efficiency.

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Skype Launches Channel Partner Program in the U.S.

Certified VARs & Systems Integrators to Provide Installation, Configuration and Support Services to Skype's Business Customers
SAN JOSE, California, September 7, 2010 -- Skype today announces the introduction of the Skype Channel Partner Program to help businesses who are looking to use Skype for their collaboration and communication needs. Recognizing that most businesses purchase their IT and telecommunications services through value-added resellers (VARs) or systems integrators, the goal of the Skype Channel Partner Program is to establish a qualified network of channel partners in the United States that can assist companies interested in using Skype to improve their productivity and optimize their communication costs.

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Skype Connect 1.0 Officially Launched

Businesses can connect IP-enabled PBX & Unified Communications systems to make voice calls via Skype

LUXEMBOURG, August 30, 2010 — Skype today announced the official launch of Skype Connect 1.0 (formerly Skype for SIP). Previously available in beta, Skype Connect delivers a business solution that enables IP-enabled private branch exchange (PBX) or Unified Communications (UC) systems to connect to Skype.

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New online tool helps businesses manage Skype deployments

Skype Manager enables companies of all sizes to harness the power of Skype for communications and collaboration
LUXEMBOURG, 19 May 2010 — Skype today announced the launch of Skype Manager, a web-based management tool that enables businesses to harness the power of Skype to achieve greater communications flexibility, cost savings and control over the use of Skype in their organization. Skype Manager replaces Skype’s Business Control Panel, which was originally developed to provide small and mid-size businesses the ability to organize Skype usage among their employees. Skype Manager (skype.com/go/skypemanager) makes it simple for businesses of all sizes to deploy Skype efficiently and effectively in the workplace. It incorporates a centralized payment system and real-time analysis and reporting capabilities. It also gives companies the ability to manage Skype user accounts across an organization and assign Skype features through an administration dashboard.

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Grandstream Achieves Skype for SIP Interoperability Certification

Businesses Can Save Money and Enhance Customer Communications by Using Skype on Grandstream's IP PBX and gateways; Skype Users Can Connect With Businesses Worldwide For Free Using Skype Button on Corporate Websites
LUXEMBOURG and BROOKLINE, MA, 22 March 2010 — Grandstream Networks, the leading manufacturer of IP voice/video telephony and video surveillance solutions, and Skype today announced that Skype for SIP interoperability testing and certification of Grandstream's IP PBX and gateway has been completed successfully. With this interoperability, the thousands of small to medium businesses (SMBs) using Grandstream's GXE502x series IP PBX and related gateways can start to reap significant cost savings by directing their outbound calls to mobile phones and landlines worldwide via Skype at very competitive rates. SMBs can also allow their customers and remote employees to make FREE inbound calls to their corporate PBX system using Skype from anywhere in the world.

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Skype for SIP now Interoperable with AudioCodes Mediant 1000 Multi-Service Business Gateways

Small and Medium Businesses can now connect to Skype and leverage existing TDM PBXs and Key Systems
LOD, ISRAEL and LUXEMBOURG, 22 March 2010 — Skype and AudioCodes (NasdaqGS: AUDC) today announced that the AudioCodes Mediant 1000 Multi-Service Business Gateway has been certified as interoperable with Skype for SIP. This will enable the majority of the world's small and medium-sized businesses, who are still using legacy TDM PBXs and Key-Systems to communicate more efficiently by directing their outbound calls to mobile phones and landlines around the world through Skype. It will also allow them to receive inbound calls from Skype users.

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Skype Selects tekVizion Labs to Manage Skype for SIP Interoperability Certification Program

AudioCodes Mediant 1000 Multi-Service Business Gateway, Grandstream GXE502x IP PBX and GXW Analog Gateway, and VoSKY SSG Gateway certified as interoperable with Skype for SIP
LUXEMBOURG, 22 March 2010 — Skype today announced that it has selected tekVizion Labs™ as the independent and objective verification and testing service to run the Skype for SIP Interoperability Certification Program. In addition, Skype and tekVizion Labs together announced a number of third-party IP PBX and gateway solutions to have been newly awarded Skype for SIP interoperability certification.

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VoSKY's New PBX Gateway Is Industry's First to Achieve Skype for SIP Certification

PBX-to-Skype for SIP gateway lets SMBs take advantage of low-cost global calling rates and enhanced business communications SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 16, 2010 -- VoSKY, the market leader in developing Skype for business solutions, today announced that its PBX-to-Skype for SIP Gateway, the VoSKY SSG, is the industry's first gateway to be certified as interoperable with Skype for SIP.

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Skype Names Enterprise Unified Communication Visionary David Gurle to Lead Skype for Business Team

LUXEMBOURG, 12 January 2010 – Skype today announced that it has hired David Gurle as the new General Manager and Vice President of its Skype for Business unit. He replaces Stefan Oberg, who will be leaving Skype in March 2010. David brings more than 17 years of telecommunications and collaboration technology industry experience to this role. He joined Skype on January 7, 2010 and reports to Josh Silverman, Skype's president.

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Skype expands Skype for SIP beta program

Businesses can now use SIP-based PBX & Unified Communications systems to make voice calls via Skype
LUXEMBOURG, 2 December 2009 — Skype is opening up the Skype for SIP beta program to allow businesses of all sizes to utilize Skype for SIP with their existing SIP-based PBX or Unified Communications (UC) systems. By using Skype for SIP, companies can save money on calls around the world, while also changing how customers globally reach them.

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Skype Selects Acme Packet's Session Border Controllers to Ease Interoperability with IP PBXs for Skype for SIP Beta Offering

Enables Skype for SIP interoperability with IP PBX features

LUXEMBOURG, October 23, 2009 -- Skype today announced the selection of Net-Net® OS-Enterprise (OS-E) session border controllers from Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT) for its Skype for SIP beta offering. Acme Packet is the leader in session border control (SBC) solutions and the sole SBC partner for the Skype for SIP beta program. Skype's deployment of Acme Packet's SBC simplifies the interoperability and feature compatibility of the Skype for SIP beta offering with enterprise IP-PBX equipment and next-generation unified communications (UC) platforms which utilize the SIP standard. As a result, Skype for SIP will allow those enterprises with an on-premise IP PBX to take advantage of an innovative IP-enabled communications tool and to benefit from end-to-end interoperability. The implementation of an SBC by Skype as part of the Skype for SIP beta program also enables the delivery of high-quality, real-time interactive communications, while minimizing the exposure to risks for those companies who sign up for the trial. "Deploying session border controllers from Acme Packet will help ensure interoperability between Skype for SIP and native SIP or SIP-enabled PBXs from leading hardware manufacturers," said Stefan Oberg, VP and General Manager of Skype for Business. "This step simplifies our interoperability testing process and makes it easier for us to begin rolling out Skype for SIP to the many interested organizations. Furthermore, by using the Acme Packet SBC in conjunction with the Skype for SIP certification program, potential customers with PBXs that have already been certified as interoperable can be assured that their existing systems will be fully compatible with Skype for SIP." Skype for SIP will allow many companies to reduce their costs by making outbound calls to landlines and mobiles worldwide at low Skype rates from devices connected to their existing SIP-enabled PBX systems. It will also allow organizations to receive inbound voice calls to their PBX from the more than 400 million registered Skype users around the world via a global click-to-call button on their Web site. In addition, if they buy and associate local online numbers with their PBX, they can receive inbound calls to the PBX from landline and mobile phones via Skype. "The ability for Skype to seamlessly integrate with existing IP PBX and UC platforms is a critical business requirement for enterprise customers," said Andy Ory, president, CEO and co-founder of Acme Packet. "To satisfy this requirement, Skype is leveraging our extensive, large-scale deployment experience making interactive IP communications work between heterogeneous networks, vendors and products." For more information on Skype for SIP, please visit www.skypeforsip.com. About Acme Packet, Inc. Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, enables the delivery of trusted, first-class interactive communications--voice, video and multimedia sessions--and data services across IP network borders. Our Net-Net family of session border controllers, multiservice security gateways and session routing proxies supports multiple applications in service provider, enterprise and contact center networks--from VoIP trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services to fixed-mobile convergence. They satisfy critical security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks; and support multiple protocols--SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS, H.248 and RTSP--and multiple border points--service provider access and interconnect, and enterprise access and trunking. Our products have been selected by more than 830 customers in 95 countries. They include 48 of the top 50, and 89 of the top 100 service providers in the world; and 8 of the Fortune 25. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit www.acmepacket.com. About Skype Skype is software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Everyday, people everywhere also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. Download Skype to your computer or mobile phone at skype.com. Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). Access to a broadband Internet connection is required. Skype is not a replacement for traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling. Skype for SIP is meant to complement existing traditional telephone services used with a corporate PBX, not as a stand-alone solution. Skype for SIP users need to ensure all calls to emergency services are terminated through traditional telephone services. Skype, associated trademarks and logos and the "S" symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.

Skype for SIP now interoperable with Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for Small Business

Small companies can improve communications, competitiveness by placing voice calls using Skype LUXEMBOURG, 23 September 2009 — Skype today announced that the beta version of Skype for SIP has been certified as interoperable with the Cisco® Unified Communications 500 Series for Small Business. This will enable small and medium-sized businesses who manage their networking and communications needs with this affordable UC solution to communicate more efficiently by directing their outbound calls to mobiles and landlines via Skype, while also allowing them to receive inbound calls from Skype users.

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SIPfoundry sipXecs IP PBX now interoperable with Skype for SIP

Companies using open source IP PBX system can now place voice calls using Skype LUXEMBOURG, 17 September 2009 — Skype and SIPfoundry, (www.sipfoundry.org), a not-for-profit open source community, today announced that sipXecs, its open source enterprise IP PBX unified communications (UC) solution, has now been certified as interoperable with Skype for SIP. This will enable many organizations running a sipXecs IP PBX solution to save money by directing their outbound calls to mobiles and landlines via Skype, while also enabling them to receive inbound calls from Skype users.

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ShoreTel earns world's first Skype for SIP interoperability

SMBs and enterprises can now make voice calls via Skype with ShoreTel's UC system; Skype users can contact ShoreTel-based businesses for free with global click-to-call button on corporate Web sites

LUXEMBOURG and SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 9, 2009 -- Skype and ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated Unified Communications (UC), today announced interoperability between ShoreTel's UC system and the beta version of Skype for SIP. ShoreTel is the world's first UC vendor to achieve interoperability with Skype for SIP. The nearly 11,000 ShoreTel enterprise customers can now register to try Skype for SIP in beta, giving them the opportunity to save money, save time and stay ahead by integrating Skype into their communications portfolios.

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Digium and Skype Enable Free and Low-Cost Calling through any Asterisk-based PBX

Skype for Asterisk Software Now Available for Download

LOS ANGELES (Internet Telephony Conference & Expo), September 1, 2009 - Digium®, the Asterisk® Company, and Skype today announced the general availability of Skype for Asterisk. Skype for Asterisk software provides a robust and cost-effective solution for connecting Asterisk-based business phone systems to Skype. Now businesses can take advantage of Skype's low-cost calling to landlines and mobile phones and free calling to more than 400 million registered Skype users around the world.

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Skype opens up to corporate SIP communications

New beta program brings Skype voice calling to SIP-based PBX systems

LUXEMBOURG, March 23, 2009 -- Skype today announced the beta version of Skype For SIP for Business users. SIP, short for Session Initiation Protocol, is an open standard and the leading voice over Internet protocol used in businesses telephony networks at millions of locations globally. According to IDC, 438,000 IP PBXes were shipped worldwide in 2008 (Source: IDC, Worldwide IP PBX and Desktop Hardware IP Phone Market Forecast, 2008-2012: Using the PBX as the Foundation of Unified Communications, Doc #210695, February 2008).

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