Tag: Skype

Skype For Web Is Now Just As Good As The App, But There’s A Huge Catch

Skype for Web now has all the major features of its desktop counterpart, including HD video calling and call recording. It’s unclear whether other experimental features, such as automatic background blurring, will also arrive soon.

Apps/Software March 9, 2019

Skype Introduces Automatic Background Blur So Colleagues Won’t See Your Embarrassing Bedroom

AI-powered background blur available on Skype video calls, a direct port of the same feature on Microsoft Teams. Don’t use it will-nilly, though, since it’s still experimental.

Apps/Software February 7, 2019

Skype Video Calls Get Live Captions And Subtitles Thanks To Artificial Intelligence

Skype is rolling out live captions and subtitling during video calls to help users who are deaf or hard of hearing. Translation support is coming soon as well.

Apps/Software December 4, 2018

Skype Finally Adds End-To-End Encryption For Calls, Messages

End-to-end encryption finally arrives on Skype, as promised this past January. Users can now be more confident that their chats are secure, although there’s a catch.

Apps/Software August 21, 2018

Skype Gets ‘SMS Connect’ Feature To Let You Text From PC

Skype gets a new feature called SMS Connect, which lets users send and text SMS using their desktop. It’s not fully functional yet, reports say, and Microsoft isn’t planning an iOS rollout, apparently.

Apps/Software August 20, 2018

Classic Skype Will Stay For Now, Because Users Don't Want Microsoft To Take It Away

Microsoft said in July that it will end support for the desktop version of Skype 7.0, also known as classic Skype, by Sept. 1. The plan to push users into Skype 8.0, however, is being placed on hold.

Microsoft August 8, 2018

Skype May Finally Be Getting A ‘Seen’ Feature

In its latest preview build, Skype finally gets read receipts, which oddly has been absent on the popular messaging platform until now. No more ignoring other people’s messages then!

Apps/Software July 6, 2018

Facebook Owns 4 Of Top 5 Most Downloaded iOS Apps Of All Time

Facebook owns four of the top five most downloaded iOS apps of all time, according to App Annie. The report, which was released to celebrate the App Store's 10th birthday, also revealed the top games for the operating system.

Apps/Software July 3, 2018

The Shocking Secrets Behind Tech Company Names Are Finally Revealed

There is a unique story behind the names of some of the leading tech companies in the world. Here are the origin stories for the names of 20 prolific tech companies today.

Business Tech April 22, 2018

It's Official: Skype Is Getting End-To-End Encryption

Skype plans to soon roll out Private Conversations, a new messaging feature protected by end-to-end encryption. Microsoft is collaborating with Signal Protocol to make privileged communications possible with Skype, and perhaps catch up with rivals Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Apps/Software January 12, 2018

Skype Hits The Great Firewall Of China, Disappears From App Stores

Skype has been hit by a new digital security law of China. Now, Apple has removed Skype from its app store, other prominent players are following suit.

Apps/Software November 22, 2017

Microsoft Skype App Gets Major Redesign, Looking More Like Snapchat: What's New? [Video]

Microsoft has rebuilt Skype from the ground up and the new version now looks more like Snapchat, with a number of tricks up its sleeve. Here's what's new.

Apps/Software June 2, 2017

Skype Is Being Redesigned To Be Microsoft's Snapchat

While Skype has established itself as one of the top video calling services available, there is much more to it than that. With the latest update, it looks like Microsoft wants it to be a competitor to Snapchat.

Apps/Software June 1, 2017

Authentication Issue Hits Microsoft Outlook, OneDrive, Skype Once Again

Microsoft services encountered issues as many users were unable to access their accounts in Outlook, OneDrive, and Xbox Live. This comes days after a similar problem prevented people from signing into their cloud services.

Microsoft March 22, 2017

Microsoft To Discontinue Skype Wi-Fi App By End March, Here's Why

Microsoft is gearing up to discontinue Skype Wi-Fi by March end. The company will delist Skype Wi-Fi and users will be unable to download it post the deadline even if they have the app installed on their device.

Microsoft March 3, 2017

Microsoft Launches Skype Lite In India: Light On Data Usage And Optimized For Slow Internet Connections

Microsoft has launched a new Android app in India, introducing Skype Lite. The company says that Skype Lite is its fastest and lightest app to date and it's designed for slow internet connections and limited data.

Apps/Software February 22, 2017

Amazon Unveils Chime, A Video Conferencing Tool For Businesses

Amazon Web Services launches Chime, a new video conferencing and communication tool for businesses. The new service will be in direct competition with Skype for Business.

Apps/Software February 15, 2017

Skype Is Getting Better But Older Versions Won't Work From March

Skype is all set to get better and Microsoft has stated that users need to update their apps to the latest version. Come March, the older version of Skype will not function.

Apps/Software February 4, 2017

Skype Translator Now Offers Real-Time Translation For Calls To Mobiles And Landlines, But Here's The Catch

Microsoft expanded its real-time translation tool beyond just Skype-to-Skype calls. Microsoft Translator now works with calls to mobiles and landlines as well, but it's not for everyone just yet.

Microsoft December 12, 2016

Here's How To Chat, Voice Or Video Call On Skype Without Downloading Or Creating An Account

Skype has introduced a new feature that allows people to chat, voice or video call on Skype without an account. Here is how to access the latest Skype feature.

Internet November 15, 2016

Slack vs. Microsoft Teams vs. Facebook Workplace: Which Team Collaboration Tool Will Reign Supreme?

Slack is the reigning king of online work collaboration apps, but Microsoft and Facebook are not planning to back away from the competition with their respective Teams and Workplace platforms. With their similarities and differences, which app will reign supreme?

Apps/Software November 11, 2016

Skype Insiders Program Rolling Out: Available To Android, iOS, Mac And Windows Users

Microsoft announced that Skype will have its own Insiders Program in the tradition of insider initiatives that the company has implemented for Windows 10, Microsoft Office and Bing. The launch of Skype program closely trailed Xbox's own Insider Program roll-out.

Microsoft November 10, 2016

Microsoft Stops Skype Support For 85 Percent Of Windows Smartphones

Windows has cut its support for popular messaging app Skype on 85 percent of Windows devices. Only those handsets running on Windows 10 Mobile 1607 will still be able to use the service.

Apps/Software October 25, 2016

Hackers Can Steal Your Data By Recording Keystroke Sounds Over Skype

Users who get into Skype voice calls and type simultaneously were proven to be at risk by security researchers. A recent study from cybersecurity experts shows that hackers can determine user data based on sound alone.

Security October 22, 2016

Siri Can Now Make Calls With The New Skype For iOS Update

The latest version of Skype for iPhone and iPad now features Siri integration. Making Skype calls is now possible using Siri voice commands, and Skype contact information can now be stored directly inside iOS contacts.

Apps/Software September 30, 2016

Microsoft To Close Skype London Branch: Too Much Competition?

Skype is still an important factor for Microsoft, but that is not stopping the company from making some strange moves. Recently, the company announced plans to close the Skype office in London, and nearly all 400 employees will be without jobs.

Apps/Software September 20, 2016

Microsoft To Close Down London Headquarters: 220 Employees To Be Laid Off

Microsoft is following through on its recent announcement of 2,850 job cuts. The tech company will reportedly shut down its Skype offices in London, which is projected to affect 220 employees.

Business Tech September 18, 2016

Microsoft Developing Skype Teams To Challenge Slack: Bill Gates Gave The Right Advice

Co-founder Bill Gates opposed Microsoft's planned acquisition of Slack in March. He instead wanted Microsoft to develop Skype into a competitor in the collaborative tool market, and a report reveals that the company is doing just that.

Apps/Software September 7, 2016

Microsoft Agrees To Preload Office, OneDrive And Skype Apps In Lenovo Android Devices

Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive will be pre-installed in millions of select Lenovo devices that run the Android OS. Lenovo has yet to announce exactly which mobile devices will have Microsoft apps baked into their system, but the deal will also cover Motorola gadgets.

Apps/Software August 23, 2016

Skype Launches New Bots: Plan Your Flight, Book Your Tickets, Connect To Apps And Much More

Microsoft-owned Skype has introduced a series of new chatbots for the communications platform. Among the new bots are products of partnerships with Skyscanner and StubHub, with one even impersonating Spock of 'Star Trek.'

Microsoft August 3, 2016

Skype Leaving Older Versions Of Android Behind As It Heads To The Cloud

Skype is finalizing its move to the cloud, and it's leaving Windows Phone 8 and older versions of Android behind in the process.

Microsoft July 20, 2016

Skype Launches Alpha Client For Linux Users, Offers Calling On Chrome And Chromebooks

Skype is refurbishing its Linux-based application to a new and improved Alpha build that adds more functionalities to the base program. In addition, the company is also bringing its previously Windows-limited free calling plugin to Chromebook and Linux systems.

Apps/Software July 14, 2016

Skype Chatbots Get New Features And Group Chat Support

Microsoft announced that the Skype chatbots will be upgraded with new capabilities, making them apt for group chats. The feature is part of the biggest slew of improvements since the Microsoft Bot Framework launched.

Microsoft July 9, 2016

Microsoft Introduces Skype Meetings As Free Service For Small Businesses

Microsoft has unveiled a new service called Skype Meetings, a web-based version of Skype specifically targeting small businesses. The free tool for holding video conferences offers a glimpse into the full range of features offered by Skype for Business.

Apps/Software July 6, 2016

Skype 7.0 Android Update Improves Tablet Interface, Adds Functions

Microsoft has updated the Skype app for Android to version 7.0, which brings with it new functionalities. Skype 7.0 improves the UI for tablets and brings a new floating action button (FAB) to aid faster messaging.

Apps/Software May 29, 2016

Skype For iOS Finally Lets You Save Video Messages

Skype for iPhone reached version 6.16 and the app finally comes with a much sought after feature. Microsoft finally packed video call recording capability in the iOS app, something that Android has for some time.

Apps/Software May 25, 2016

Skype For Business SDK Available For Download: Developers Can Now Integrate The Messaging Platform Into Their Apps

Microsoft has released the Skype for Business App SDK Preview for iOS or Android. The SDK is now available for download and will let developers integrate the service into their apps.

Apps/Software May 22, 2016

Skype For Business Preview With Outlook Integration Lands On Mac

Microsoft is launching the public preview of its Skype for Business Mac client. It comes in three phases where different features and functionalities will be rolled out in each phase.

Apps/Software April 27, 2016

Skype Chatbots Now Up On Mac And Web

Skype chatbots are now available on both Mac and the Web. That means users can get in touch with the likes of Murphy or Summarize on more platforms.

Apps/Software April 20, 2016

Skype Voice And Video Calling Now Plugin-Free If You're Using Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has announced that Skype voice and voice calling are now plugin-free but only when you are using Microsoft Edge. The company says it is its first step into an interoperable, standards-based calling experience in Skype and Skype for Business.

Apps/Software April 16, 2016

Microsoft Wants Bots Everywhere, Starting With Cortana Skype Integration

Microsoft announced Cortana Skype integration at its Build conference on Wednesday, with plans to have bots added in more apps.

Internet March 30, 2016

Microsoft Bakes Universal Skype App For Windows 10: Preview Headed To Windows Insiders

Microsoft is testing a universal version of Skype called Skype Universal Windows Platform Preview. The update is meant to streamline the Skype experience across all Windows 10 devices.

Apps/Software March 28, 2016

Skype For Web Now Lets You Call Mobile Phones And Landlines

Skype for Web received a couple of new features, most notably the ability to call mobile phones and landlines. This rollout fills in the gap with the smartphone and desktop versions of the messaging platform.

Apps/Software March 15, 2016

Skype Is Ditching Its Smart TV Apps Because People Prefer Mobile Even In The Living Room

Skype announced that it's killing its Smart TV app. Starting June, the app will stop getting support and updates, and TV manufacturers may remove Skype from some or all of their TV models.

Apps/Software March 9, 2016

Microsoft Skype Translator Now Supports Arabic With Real-Time Translation

Microsoft recently added another language to its real-time translation service, Skype Translator. Users of Skype for Windows can now translate into and from Arabic, while talking with friends, family or business partners overseas.

Apps/Software March 8, 2016

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