Posts Tagged ‘Skype’

A few days back, Skype introduced some revamped features for its desktop client, with a distinct focus on improving the user’s instant messaging experience. So while Skype is busy improving the users’ experience on both, the mobile and desktop version of its app, let us introduce you to Skype Qik. Taking a distinctly different route than Skype, Skype Qik is built for asynchronous video messaging, where you create and share video messages with online and offline users. The app gives you a slight peek into what Skype may have looked like had it started out as an app for the mobile.

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Skype just received a fresh new design and a UI overhaul for Windows and Mac, with much emphasis placed on the IM functionality. According to Skype, a large number of users have been found to be sending IMs during a video chat, and I can definitely include myself in that list. If you’ve been using Skype on mobile, the change might not be a shocker to you as you pick up the design cues that were originally used for the mobile versions of Skype. While the new Skype has been released for Mac, Windows users get access to a preview version for now.

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One of the big highlights in iOS 8 – Apple’s shiny new interactive notification system – seems to have piqued the interest of quite a few large developers to make use of the new feature set. The latest joining the foray is Microsoft with its Skype offering. The Skype for iPhone app just received a major update making it iOS 8 compatible in general, and particularly making use of the new interactive notifications that Apple’s latest and greatest has on offer.

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Despite various services out there that have become all the rage for video conferencing and VoIP calling, Skype remains the medium of choice for a large majority of users. And it makes sense, too; in my personal experience, short of FaceTime, nothing gives as good an experience as Skype. Today, the company has released an update for its iOS app that enables users to host group audio calls for free, right from their iPhones.

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In the modern Digital Age, the primary IM services are WhatsApp, Kik Messenger, iMessage alongside a myriad of others boasting millions of users. But not so long ago, Microsoft’s MSN Messenger was the dominant force, but after the Windows maker acquired Skype for the tidy sum of $8.5 billion, things seemed to wane. Now, after 15 long years – the last few of which have been in relative obscurity – the software maker has finally decided to kill off MSN Messenger for good, which means users in China – which is the last place where Messenger lives – will have to say goodbye to Microsoft’s famed messaging service for good.

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One of the ways we measure how far we’ve come technologically seems to be how closely our lives resemble that of Star Trek. Be it smartphones, tablets or Bluetooth earpieces, plenty of the things we take for granted today were once just the thing of science fiction in a TV show or movie. That fact that within a short period of time these things have gone from barely imaginable to being on sale in your local store just goes to show how far we’ve come.

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Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia was finalized last week, and most of the news over the weekend has been related to the big transition. The newly-bolstered software maker is very keen to get back to business as usual, however, and on Monday, made a noteworthy tweak to the pricing of the app of its previous major acquisition – Skype. The change sees group calling go free on Windows, OS X and Xbox One, and you can catch the important details after the fold.

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The official Skype app for Android has been handed a useful update, with tablet users running Google’s mobile operating system now able to enjoy picture-in-picture video calling capabilities. The new feature is somewhat based on the Snap View found in Windows 8.x, and will certainly enhance the general usability of Microsoft’s popular chat service. Full details, as well as the download info, can be seen after the break.

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Microsoft has become the latest in a long list of large developers to update one of their native mobile apps for iOS 7. The Redmond company’s latest update to the Skype app for iPhone and iPad is currently propagating its way through the App Store and brings the revamped and refreshed user-interface that we have come to expect from an iOS 7 app.

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Although every iOS device now ships with built-in support for FaceTime, Microsoft-owned Skype still enjoys a decent following on Apple’s range of mobile products. Today, many months after Windows Phone was treated to HD video calling support, the Redmond has updated its iPhone and iPad apps to deliver the same functionality to those in ownership of the iPhone 5 and iPad 4. Despite Microsoft dragging its heels in rolling out this update, there’s quite a noticeable difference in quality, so if you’re a Skyper who just so happens to own a fourth-gen iPad or the iPhone 5, you’ll want to pick up the updated Skype for iOS app right now from the App Store.

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Skype users can now make audio and video calls from within Microsoft’s new Outlook.com email service. More details after the jump.

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When I adopted the internet as a part of my life back in the early years of this millennium, one of the biggest things in town used to be chatting – instant message based conversations that were the new “in”. In fact, if I recall even further back, chat rooms were even a bigger hit, making it possible to meet new people and make new friends using the power of the internet in a very public environment. While that edge may have rubbed off in the last few years, even today, IRC rooms remain popular amongst certain specific communities. The advantage that IM clients held over these chat rooms, however, were the privacy, and the fact that you could control who can contact you etc. There was more customization in how your messages appeared, too, and quite a few other distinctive features.

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