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Microsoft now lets you Skype from your web browser: Here's how it works

Microsoft now lets you Skype from your web browser: Here's how it works

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Skype has been available as a mobile app and desktop app for a while, but now, for the first time, you can access the service's web-based client in order to instant message and video call your friends.The web app is now available as an open beta, Microsoft... >>

Microsoft WiFi wants to keep you connected, even if you're on iPhone or Android

Microsoft WiFi wants to keep you connected, even if you're on iPhone or Android

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Microsoft has officially confirmed that it is working on a service called Microsoft WiFi which aims to offer international WiFi access.Initially Microsoft WiFi was leaked after VentureBeat found a website with the same name. Since then Microsoft has confirmed... >>

EU court thinks you'll confuse Skype with Sky, rules name and logo are too similar

EU court thinks you'll confuse Skype with Sky, rules name and logo are too similar

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Skype and Sky. Do you know the difference between the two?An EU court apparently didn't see a clear distinction and has ruled that Microsoft’s Skype logo and name are a lot like broadcaster Sky's logo and name, and due to the similarity, the public... >>

Facebook Messenger app adds free video calls, works over both LTE and W-Fi

Facebook Messenger app adds free video calls, works over both LTE and W-Fi

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Facebook is now going after Skype.The social network has launched a free video calling feature for Messenger, allowing you to have face-to-face conversations with your friends from across the world. Just tap the video icon in the top-right corner within... >>

Microsoft makes Skype calls free to and from Nepal in response to earthquake

Microsoft makes Skype calls free to and from Nepal in response to earthquake

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On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in South Asia.The massive quake is now known to have injured more than 6,500 people, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre, while the confirmed death toll as of Monday hit 3,617. In response,... >>

5 apps that give you free voice calling

5 apps that give you free voice calling

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Messaging apps are becoming more and more popular as many offer more than the ability to just send a message to a contact. Using your data connection, they allow you to send images, videos and files, along with make video or voice calls, essentially making the... >>

Skype coming to a browser near you, works without a dedicated client

Skype coming to a browser near you, works without a dedicated client

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Microsoft has announced that it will soon make available a version of Skype that runs in a browser. That means you will be able to just about use any device to make a Skype call or keep in touch with friends, family or colleagues, not just one with a... >>

Skype Qik to challenge WhatsApp with 42-second video messaging app

Skype Qik to challenge WhatsApp with 42-second video messaging app

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Skype has announced a new messaging app: Skype Qik.The move, clearly a response to the popularity of apps like Whatsapp and Snapchat, will be a standalone app that will allow users to send short video messages up to 42 seconds long to each other via their... >>

Skype for Mac and Windows don a new look, with bolstered chat experience

Skype for Mac and Windows don a new look, with bolstered chat experience

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Skype has given its Mac and Windows clients a redesign. The new look is not only aesthetic but also places a greater emphasis on chatting and sharing."We’re excited to announce Skype for Mac 7.0 as well as the preview for the new Skype for Windows –... >>

Say goodbye to Microsoft's MSN Messenger, shutting down after 15 years

Say goodbye to Microsoft's MSN Messenger, shutting down after 15 years

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Microsoft plans to shut down 15-year-old MSN Messenger for good this autumn.MSN Messenger is a well-known instant messaging client by Microsoft (rebranded as Windows Live Messenger in 2005). Even though the client supposedly had over 330 million monthly... >>

Skype cuts back chat notifications to just the device you're using, rather than all of them

Skype cuts back chat notifications to just the device you're using, rather than all of them

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Skype doesn't want to bother you with too many notifications across a slew of devices, so it has announced a new feature that limits chat notifications to the one device you're currently using.The new feature is called "active endpoint". And starting... >>

Skype for Android will soon auto-pull contacts from your phone's address book

Skype for Android will soon auto-pull contacts from your phone's address book

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Skype for Android has updated to version 5.0, adding the ability to sync with your phone's address book.Skype said you must first download the update, and then in a few months, you should recieve a prompt to verify your phone number. The Skype for Android... >>

Skype makes group video calls free for Windows 8.1 tablets

Skype makes group video calls free for Windows 8.1 tablets

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Following an initial roll-out in April, Microsoft-owned Skype has announced that owners of Windows tablets and Windows 2-in-1 devices can now enjoy free group video calls.There's no shortage of video-calling services these days, and that means companies... >>

Hands-on: Skype for iPhone 5.0 review

Hands-on: Skype for iPhone 5.0 review

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Skype has overhauled its iPhone app, Skype for iPhone 5.0, with a new design, new features, and the promise of being considerably faster for those using it.Pocket-lint was given access ahead of the official rollout to use it in a real environment and... >>

Skype for iPhone gets a remake, adds synced notifications, and speedier interface

Skype for iPhone gets a remake, adds synced notifications, and speedier interface

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Skype has announced that is it releasing a brand new version of its Skype for iPhone app with a new design and new features.The app, which is expected to be available on the App store very shortly, includes the ability to start group chats directly from... >>

Skype Translator coming before end of 2014, will translate spoken languages in real time

Skype Translator coming before end of 2014, will translate spoken languages in real time

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Microsoft has unveiled a new technology for Skype that will help you talk to people who speak a different language. Skype Translator uses voice recognition and translates foreign languages in real time so you can understand what is being said at the other... >>

Group video calling made free for Skype on desktop and Xbox One, coming for all soon

Group video calling made free for Skype on desktop and Xbox One, coming for all soon

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Skype is now a little more compelling for those of you who love to video chat with multiple friends but don't have much cash to spare.There's no shortage of video-calling services these days, and that means companies like Microsoft-owned Skype need to... >>

Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 adds video call transfers from dialer and Cortana integration

Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 adds video call transfers from dialer and Cortana integration

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Microsoft has announced new Skype apps for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1.At its Build developer conference, Microsoft notably revealed that the Windows Phone 8.1 dialer will include a Skype button. This button will let you auto-switch your phone call... >>

Skype introduces Marvel emoticons in time for Captain America: The Winter Solider premiere

Skype introduces Marvel emoticons in time for Captain America: The Winter Solider premiere

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Skype has introduced a set of Marvel super-heroes emoticons to the chat messaging side of the service to coincide with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on 28 March in the UK, 4 April in the US.Currently, there are four in the range,... >>

Go from an Outlook email straight to Skype with the new update

Go from an Outlook email straight to Skype with the new update

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Microsoft has announced that its Skype integration in Outlook.com is now complete and live for users worldwide.The company originally revealed in April 2013 that a preview of the integration would begin to roll out, and the UK be among the first to have... >>

Skype chat update adds much-requested multi-device sync, push notifications and 'read' confirmations

Skype chat update adds much-requested multi-device sync, push notifications and 'read' confirmations

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Skype has announced a host of helpful updates to its chat service.The first is more efficient multi-device syncing. So when you've read a message on your mobile then start using your tablet Skype will continue from where you left off. No more messages... >>

Microsoft CEO candidate round-up: Who is rumoured on the shortlist and why? (Update)

Microsoft CEO candidate round-up: Who is rumoured on the shortlist and why? (Update)

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Microsoft's  chief executive search has been in full swing since Steve Ballmer announced his retirement in August, and the company has said it hopes to find a replacement by the end of 2013. Naturally, many names have popped up for the rumoured shortlist,... >>

Skype for iPhone and iPad apps add two-way HD video chat, faster chat syncing, and more

Skype for iPhone and iPad apps add two-way HD video chat, faster chat syncing, and more

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Skype, although it is a popular messaging client, isn't perfect, but today it got a few features that significantly improve the service's experience on iPhone and iPad.Skype's iPhone and iPad apps now support two-way HD video chat. In fact, the nifty... >>

Dell compares itself to Skype, Dropbox, and other startups in first ad since going private

Dell compares itself to Skype, Dropbox, and other startups in first ad since going private

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Dell's now private, and it has a fresh, sentimental advertisement to show people just how its humble beginnings will undoubtedly help shape the company in the new year and beyond.The buyout of Dell Computers by its founder Michael Dell and the private... >>

Skype for Android update adds picture-in-picture video calls for multitasking on tablets

Skype for Android update adds picture-in-picture video calls for multitasking on tablets

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Skype for Android has received a significant update that allows tablet users to multitask during video calls, among other things.Specifically, version 4.5 of Skype offers two new features and other improvements for Android users. First up: Skype now provides... >>

Skype promises better multi-device support in near-future

Skype promises better multi-device support in near-future

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Skype has told Pocket-lint that it sees the future of the company as a multi-device experience as it continues to work towards allowing people to access messages on the service as if it were apart of the "everyday conversation"."Our world has changed... >>

Skype backtracks: Will still support hardware and call recording, despite ceasing third-party apps

Skype backtracks: Will still support hardware and call recording, despite ceasing third-party apps

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Skype has changed its mind and will continue supporting third-party hardware through its applications, a Skype spokesman told Pocket-lint.The Microsoft-owned company originally planned to shut down its API fully last week, taking with it third-party... >>

Top Microsoft CEO candidates allegedly named: Nokia's Elop, Ford's Mulally and Skype's Bates

Top Microsoft CEO candidates allegedly named: Nokia's Elop, Ford's Mulally and Skype's Bates

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Microsoft has begun to narrow down its list of potential replacements for outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer, reports Reuters.The list is impressive, including Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Ford Motor Co chief Alan Mulally, former Skype CEO Tony Bates, and Satya Nadella,... >>

Skype API closes down in December, taking third-party apps and accessories with it

Skype API closes down in December, taking third-party apps and accessories with it

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Skype has announced it will end its desktop API in December, 2013 - after seven years of availability.As well as third-party software not working, supported headsets, cameras, and other accessories will cease to work in roughly a month's time. Skype has... >>

Skype apps for iPhone and iPad redesigned with iOS 7 in mind

Skype apps for iPhone and iPad redesigned with iOS 7 in mind

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Skype updated its iPhone and iPad apps to version 4.13 today, pushing out a slight redesign that closely echoes the new aesthetics found in iOS 7.The Skype app already had a flat-ish design, though now there's even more white space and a cleaner, simplified... >>

Skype for Mac updated: Now lets you share specific screen windows and more

Skype for Mac updated: Now lets you share specific screen windows and more

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Skype has updated Skype for Mac to version 6.9, improving screen sharing so Mac owners can now share a specific window with another Skype user rather than their entire screen. It's not a huge update, but it's definitely an interesting one for people... >>

BBM delayed for iPhone and Android: Here are 7 alternative IM apps

BBM delayed for iPhone and Android: Here are 7 alternative IM apps

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BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone and Android has been delayed, but there are plenty of other ways you can talk to your friends via instant messenger (IM) on your iPhone or Android device. Here are some of the very popular alternatives.WhatsappiTunes, Google... >>

Microsoft's Nokia acquisition: Five wacky ideas that could come from the buyout

Microsoft's Nokia acquisition: Five wacky ideas that could come from the buyout

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With Microsoft spending some overseas cash and buying parts of Finnish smartphone company Nokia, namely the devices and services division, we wonder what might come from the deal. It's like making a cake. A little bit of sugar, a couple of eggs, some... >>

Skype confirms development of 3D video calls, but bemoans lack of suitable cameras

Skype confirms development of 3D video calls, but bemoans lack of suitable cameras

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Just as the rest of the world is seemingly shying away from 3D in the home, Skype has revealed that it has developed the technology necessary to offer stereoscopic video calls. However, we may not get the service any time soon as the required technology... >>

Skype for Outlook.com preview now available in US, UK and elsewhere

Skype for Outlook.com preview now available in US, UK and elsewhere

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Microsoft announced on Monday that the preview of its Skype integration in Outlook.com is now live for users in the UK, US, Germany, France, Brazil and Canada.The company originally revealed in April that a preview of the integration would begin to roll... >>

Skype joins Windows 8.1 Start Screen as default messenger

Skype joins Windows 8.1 Start Screen as default messenger

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Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 will ship with Skype pre-installed.This means you won't have to download Skype. Anyone who hasn't tried Skype will get it when they upgrade their operating system to Windows 8.1 or purchase a Windows 8.1 PC. Once... >>

Skype 4.0 fix for Android released, problems solved

Skype 4.0 fix for Android released, problems solved

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Skype has released a fix for the 4.0 update for its Android app, promising a host of changes which should greatly improve its mobile video calling experience. A post on the Skype blog with the header "We heard you" details all the new updates that users... >>

App of the day: Skype 4.0 review (Android)

App of the day: Skype 4.0 review (Android)

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Some services are so heavily weaved into your work or social life that it's difficult to see a way around them. They become part of a binding system, the fabric that keeps your network together, be that friends or colleagues, for work or play. Skype is... >>

Android 4.0: Skype for Android goes mobile first

Android 4.0: Skype for Android goes mobile first

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Skype has launched a new version of Skype for Android today, with Derek Snyder, head of mobile marketing at Skype, telling Pocket-lint that the changes reflect "a new direction and new strategy for Skype".The broad changes arrive with the new Skype for... >>

Skype for iOS adds free and unlimited video messaging

Skype for iOS adds free and unlimited video messaging

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Skype made its video messaging service available to all Windows, Mac and mobile users this month, and now the company has updated its iOS app with free and unlimited video messaging.Skype video messaging over mobile previously required a $4.99 a month... >>

Skype Video Messaging service now available to all

Skype Video Messaging service now available to all

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Skype has announced that it's video messaging service is now available to all Windows, Mac and App users. "We’re excited to announce that video messaging is now coming out of preview as a full-fledged (and free!) feature in Skype for Windows desktop, Skype... >>

Xbox One: Siri-style conversation and Skype remote player features rumoured

Xbox One: Siri-style conversation and Skype remote player features rumoured

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Xbox One will have the ability to talk to gamers in a Siri-like conversational fashion, according to a speculative report by Polygon.With E3 - the world's premier gaming trade show - just around the corner, Pocket-lint is expecting Microsoft's primary... >>

Skype coming to BlackBerry Z10 after BlackBerry 10.1 update

Skype coming to BlackBerry Z10 after BlackBerry 10.1 update

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Skype is coming to the BlackBerry Z10. Announced at BlackBerry Live, the app will arrive as part of a new BlackBerry 10.1 update for the handset which will hit some devices from today, with further roll-out expected by carriers at the end of this week.The... >>

Skype for Windows 8 now gets video messaging too

Skype for Windows 8 now gets video messaging too

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An update for Skype for Windows 8 has hit the Windows Store, bringing video messaging to the application version of the software.The Windows desktop version saw video messaging added yesterday, which works on versions of Microsoft's operating system from... >>