Posts Tagged ‘Skype’

If you have been a loyal user of Skype, you have likely run into the hurdle of reaching a user when they are offline. While sending SMS messages often does the trick, sometimes a video message is just more convenient. The good news is that Skype has begun rolling out this feature in the form of an update for its Mac, iPhone and Android client, with support for other platforms such as Windows coming very soon.

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With Microsoft making the announcement that they would be closing down the Windows Live Messenger platform and recently confirming that closure date; there will undoubtedly be a lot more attention paid to Skype. Windows Live Messenger users will automatically have their accounts migrated across to Skype to allow them to simply download the software, log in and begin sending IMs, making video and audio calls to their contacts.

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Microsoft is set to replace Xbox Chat with a new Skype-powered offering, at least in the new Xbox, according to reports.

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For those of you that like to be frugal and shop only when the deals are rolling in, the holiday season is as good a time as any to take advantage of the many price drops and savings available on the market. While many of you will undoubtedly be meeting up with friends and relatives during the course of the coming weeks, time, financial and practical constraints mean it is not always possible to arrange face-to-face meetings, but in these instances, we’ve long since leaned on Skype for a helping hand. Microsoft acquired the telecommunications company some time ago, and in an effort to turn occasional or would-be users into regular, paying customers, the Redmond company is running a great promotional deal.

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Since acquiring Skype, Microsoft has been implementing the VoIP software and technology into every product possible. So far, so good, and as well as a slew of new apps for various different platforms, the promotions have also been rolled out at a rate of knots. In the latest, regular Skype users can make free calls for a month not only to other Skype users, but to mobiles and landlines.

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If you are a smartphone fan who prefers to step away from the likes of iOS and Android then this last week will have been an extremely exciting time with Windows Phone 8 hitting the market on some pretty powerful devices, and immediately starting to gain some traction in the smartphone industry. While it’s going to take Microsoft a long time in current mobile market to compete on numbers with iOS and Android, the initial reaction to WP8 are generally positive. The Redmond company themselves are now trying to add to the Windows Phone 8 experience with the official preview release of their Skype app for the platform.

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With Windows 8 now out and selling in volume, Microsoft has somewhat turned its attentions to other important software implementations. As well as beginning to sell prepaid Skype credit in outlets across Mexico and the United Kingdom, it looks as though Skype will become the Redmond outfit’s primary instant messaging service, retiring the long-standing Windows Live Messenger.

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With Microsoft having dug deep to find billions of dollars to acquire Skype, it was inevitable we’d be seeing a lot more from the foremost online telecommunications outfit, and to supplement the many improvements to the software and technology laid on by Skype over the past twelve or so months, the company has just launched prepaid cards in many major retail outlets across the United Kingdom.

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Earlier this week, we covered in vague detail, the Skype app for Windows 8, and with Microsoft having promised it would be delivered in time for the October 26th launch of Windows 8, the Redmond-based software maker has delivered it ahead of schedule. As of now, anybody running a preview version of Windows 8 can download Skype from the Windows Store, and those planning to upgrade on Friday will also be able to resume Skyping immediately.

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Microsoft caused quite a stir last year when it announced the purchase of Skype for an eye-watering sum total of $8.5 billion. Some touted the sale price as grossly overvaluing of the company – one owned by eBay of course – but when one considers AOL paid 800 million bucks for Bebo, anything looks like a steal in comparison.

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The tech world was in a state of shock last year when Microsoft confirmed it had purchased VoIP telecommunications outfit Skype. The move for the software and technology wasn’t too surprising in itself, but the $8.5 billion price tag certainly was, especially given the company – which was once under the control of internet auction site eBay – wasn’t exactly making much money.

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In the time period that has elapsed since Microsoft acquired Skype from its previous owners, its fair to say that the Redmond-based company was planning on making some changes to the service and stamping their own seal onto it before going forward. While we are yet to hear of any radical changes for the way in which the service operates, or any new additional user features, Microsoft has developed and released a Windows Phone Skype app, and has today announced that Sony’s new portable gaming device – the PS Vita – will also be given the Skype treatment.

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