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Skype marks 10th birthday with 3D video calling tech

Skype has marked its 10th birthday with the announcement that it is developing 3D video calling technology.

The voice over IP firm has said that, although the feature is possible in its own labs, it will probably still be a few years before it reaches the consumer market.

"We have it in the lab, we know how to make it work and we're looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about bringing something like that to market," Microsoft's corporate vice president for Skype, Mark Gillett, told the BBC.

According to Gillett, Skype was inspired by the increasing consumer demand for 3D capable televisions and monitors, but has found that devices capable of capturing 3D are less widespread.

"We're in the first year of your TV at home potentially having a camera attached to it, but we're several years away from the cameras capturing 3D in that context," Gillett continued.

"The capture devices are not there yet."

Meanwhile, the company today celebrates a decade of existence, having been founded by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström on 29 August 2003.

Skype was the subject of an $8.5 billion (£5.48 billion) takeover by Microsoft in 2011, but has experienced a turbulent summer, following the outbreak of the PRISM spying scandal.