Skype Users Most Active During Office Hours, Says Study

The peak time for Skype usage in the United States is around noon CST. Unfortunately, there's no way to tell the difference between business usage and chit-chat.

September 22, 2006

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Skype users are most active during work hours, according to a new study from Cornell University. Peak time in the United States is noon CST. Unfortunately, the researchers didn't differentiate between chit chat and business usage. That's a shame, because while commercial VoIP and IM products are useful for communicating with customers and co-workers, they're also fraught with productivity and compliance problems. Skype, which encrypts voice and data packets, makes it easy to sneak sensitive information out of the enterprise.

Bottom line: Ensure users have all the productivity tools they need so they don't have to turn to Skype. That also makes it easier to weed out the high-tech slackers. --Andrew Conry-Murray, [email protected]

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