posted at 21:50
Author: Paul Sawers
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:30:18 +0000
Wire wants to be Skype for the modern age, launches with the backing of Skype cofounder Janus Friis
So this is why our interest was well and truly piqued when we heard that the Skype cofounder is lending his backing to a new startup called Wire, pitched as a "Modern communications network." Wire is promising to bring "Simple, beautiful conversations" to your mobile, tablet, and desktop. Wire's cofounder and CEO, Jonathan Christensen, worked at Skype from 2006 to 2012 after it bought the startup he cofounded, Camino Networks. Elsewhere, Wire's cofounder and CTO Alan Duric helped build Camino Networks as well as Telio, while Priidu Zilmer, now Wire's product design chief, headed up design teams at Vdio and Skype. We do know that Wire covers messaging, voice calling, picture sharing, and music/video sharing. Wire is backed by Iconical, a collective of designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs, one of whom includes Friis, though details of the amount he have invested aren't being revealed. Wire says it has developed its own in-house audio technology that makes audio "Crisp and clear," built to be compatible with standard WebRTC, which will mean plugin-free communications directly from your browser. You can grab Wire from here today, and we'll be sure to check out the mystical app when it launches.

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