Skype and Peer-to-Peer Networking


Many people connect peer-to-peer architecture with the P2P file-sharing systems used for downloading files. In other words, they believe it’s only used for grabbing free music and videos, perhaps legally but mostly not. It is easier to understand how P2P systems might provide other, entirely legitimate benefits when one looks at Skype, for example. In that case it is peer-to-peer telephone networking that is under scrutiny. Skype was the first to use this. It uses a proprietary protocol based on peer-to-peer architecture. The protocol was updated in 2014, which created big changes for existing Skype users.

Among those that use Skype, many say they wouldn’t want to be without it. It has become a source of convenience both in private and business worlds. Those that use Skype have the ability to perform various functions such as being able to log in, search for contacts, make and receive calls, plus they are able to use the Skype network to transfer files. All of these are great benefits to anyone who wants to use the internet to communicate and share information. For the business world it is an additional and valuable resource for conferencing.