Skype by the numbers: sessions average 13 minutes, 54% of users are female

Microsoft releases statistics about Skype users ahead of a new advertising product.

Published Jun 13, 2012 2:32 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:28 PM CST
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Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced that they are rolling out a new advertising product to Skype for Windows. The new ad product is designed to monetize the free users of Skype, but will need to hit the right people. As such, Microsoft needs to know a little bit more about its users so that the ads can hit the right people.

Skype by the numbers: sessions average 13 minutes, 54% of users are female |

This is why the stats released by Microsoft today make sense. They aren't just showing off, but instead they are releasing relevant information that can be used for advertising purposes. The ads that Microsoft are adding are silent, non-expanding ads and will only be shown to users who don't have subscriptions or Skype Credits and are using Skype for Windows.

Now, onto the statistics:

Unique Users: 41,016,000

Time Spent: 0h 13m


46.3% are Male

53.7% are Female


16.5% are 18-24

37.6% are 18-34

65.8% are 18-49

21.1% are 25-34

58.5% are 25-54

Marital Status

52.8% are married

45.8% have children


33.3% have graduated college or higher


61% have a household income of $50K+

39.1% have a household income of $75K+

22.7% have a household income of $100+

16.4% have a household income of $75,000-99,999

Online Shopping

78.3% have shopped online in the past 30 days

71.8% have purchased online in the past 30 days

16.6% sought or posted product reviews in the last 30 days

The stats show that Skype isn't just for technical users such as our readers. Instead, Skype is a technology for the masses as shown by the household income and age data. The surprising number is the 41 million users as we know Skype has 145 million active users in 2011. The best guess I can give is that it is free US users.


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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