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Hands-on with Skype Qik for Windows Phone

If you missed it, Skype Qik was announced yesterday. It's available now on Windows Phone, iOS and Android. A lot of our friends have not signed up yet, but we did get a few messages going. We've tried it on our Lumia 1520. Check out our hands-on video. After installing Skype Qik on your phone...
Microsoft discontinues Skype for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft discontinues Skype for Windows Phone 7

Micosoft is retiering Skype for Windows Phone 7. It is no longer available for download from the Windows Phone Store. Additionally, users will find themselves unable to sign in within a few weeks, according to a post on the Skype blog: As a result, within the next few weeks, you'll no...
Microsoft releases preview version of revamped Skype for Windows desktop app

Microsoft releases preview version of revamped Skype for Windows desktop app

Microsoft has released a preview version of a revamped Skype app for Windows desktop users that includes a number of new features and improvements for the popular messaging and chat app. In a blog post, Microsoft stated, "Now, you'll see thumbnail pictures of your contacts, a new bubble-style...

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Skype users in India can now call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free

Microsoft is rolling out an offer for Skype users in India by which they can call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free until March 1, 2015. All that's required is a free Skype account and an Internet connection. The promotion is already live, and works as advertised. All you...
Skype Translator

The Skype Translator preview program has begun

Microsoft has launched the first phase of its Skype Translator preview program for Windows 8.1 users, along with people who have installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Those folks who have signed up for the preview can download an app that is designed to translate both written and spoken...
Skype 7.0 for Windows Desktop gets Lync video calling, compact view and more

Skype 7.0 for Windows Desktop gets Lync video calling, compact view and more

Skype was on a tear this week after updating their Windows Phone app yesterday, appearing Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and now finishing it off with a Windows desktop refresh. Version 7.0 of Skype for Desktop is now live to download and with it comes a bevy of new features and improvements,...
Skype and Windows Phone make a hilarious appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Skype and Windows Phone make a hilarious appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Product placements in TV shows and movies can sometimes be a painful experience, mostly due to its forced nature. However, the benefit of comedy is you can put it all out there, and the audience can be in on the joke. Last night on the popular late night Jimmy Kimmel Live, that is exactly what...
Skype 2.25 for Windows Phone brings bigger emoticons and chat improvements

Skype 2.25 for Windows Phone brings bigger emoticons and chat improvements

Skype for Windows Phone has been updated to version 2.25, bringing a number of enhancements and fixes. Chat is a particular focus of this update. Users can now choose what to delete in their messages, either getting rid of a single message or clearing a whole conversation. Any messages you...
George Takei beams down to Microsoft Research to try out Skype's real-time Translator

George Takei beams down to Microsoft Research to try out Skype's real-time Translator

Skype is one of the most popular forms of communication across mobile platforms and the desktop. Microsoft Research is working on real-time translation functionality to enable consumers to use Skype and engage in conversation with others from around the world. George Takei, better known as Mr...
Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft has unveiled Skype for Web, a browser-based version of the VOIP service. Currently in beta, Skype for Web functions just like its native desktop counterpart, with voice and video calling and text messaging. The beta is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox on Windows, and...
Skype for Business

Microsoft will rebrand Lync as Skype for Business in the first half of 2015

Microsoft will rebrand Lync, its enterprise and business-themed messenging and online meeting service, as Skype for Business sometime in the first half of 2015. The name change will also include a "new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365." Microsoft...
EFF releases 'secure messaging scorecard,' ranks Skype against competitors

EFF releases 'secure messaging scorecard,' ranks Skype against competitors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued security rankings for several popular communication platforms, including Apple's iMessage Google's Hangouts and Skype from Microsoft. Both iMessage and Apple's FaceTime were named as the best mass market options for secure messaging according...
Sign up for Skype's real-time voice translation preview

Sign up for Skype's real-time voice translation preview

It was way back in May that Microsoft showed off the first demonstration for Skype Translator, and today they started accepting registrations to take part in the tool's early preview (i.e. public beta). The service adds real-time speech translation to Skype, both in voice and video, so it doesn't...

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