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Skype's new look officially comes to desktops: Here's what's different
Skype's new look officially comes to desktops: Here's what's different By Elyse Betters

Remember that all-new Skype design?The new look first launched for mobile devices in June, and then, in August, Microsoft said it was testing similar changes for the desktop side of Skype. It wasn't yet complete though, as Microsoft was looking for your... Read more

Free Skype calling rolls out to Harman Kardon Invoke speaker
Free Skype calling rolls out to Harman Kardon Invoke speaker By Max Langridge

Microsoft has announced that Skype-to-Skype calling is rolling out to its first "ambient device", the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana. Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft Cortana for brains Skype is already available on PCs, smartphones,... Read more

All-new Skype: What's changed and why is it better?
All-new Skype: What's changed and why is it better? By Elyse Betters

Microsoft bought Skype nearly six years ago, and to be honest, it feels like the service hasn't changed much since.Sure, it's moved from a peer-to-peer service to the cloud, and it’s rolled out some design changes and features, such as free group video... Read more

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, and no one expected Monty Python in Skype
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, and no one expected Monty Python in Skype By Chris Hall

We're not sure whether this is a joke or not, but Skype has announced a collaboration with Monty Python, launching a selection of Mojis."What are Mojis?", you ask. Last year, Skype introduced Moji into Skype, which are short video clips designed to give... Read more

PawSquad lets you visit the vet from your couch at home, goodbye pet box
PawSquad lets you visit the vet from your couch at home, goodbye pet box By Luke Edwards

Taking a pet to the vet is a nightmare for most. Loading a cat into a box is like battling nature itself. That's why PawSquad wants to shake-up the vet-pet dynamic by going online.The online vet service, being dubbed "veterinary Skype", has launched today.... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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 –... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Skype makes group video calls free for Windows 8.1 tablets
Skype makes group video calls free for Windows 8.1 tablets By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Hands-on: Skype for iPhone 5.0 review
Hands-on: Skype for iPhone 5.0 review By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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,... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Skype promises better multi-device support in near-future
Skype promises better multi-device support in near-future By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

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 By Jake Smith

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... Read more

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 By Jake Smith

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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 By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

Skype joins Windows 8.1 Start Screen as default messenger
Skype joins Windows 8.1 Start Screen as default messenger By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Skype 4.0 fix for Android released, problems solved
Skype 4.0 fix for Android released, problems solved By Hunter Skipworth

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... Read more

App of the day: Skype 4.0 review (Android)
App of the day: Skype 4.0 review (Android) By Chris Hall

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... Read more

Android 4.0: Skype for Android goes mobile first
Android 4.0: Skype for Android goes mobile first By Chris Hall

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... Read more

Skype for iOS adds free and unlimited video messaging
Skype for iOS adds free and unlimited video messaging By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

Skype Video Messaging service now available to all
Skype Video Messaging service now available to all By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

Skype for Windows 8 now gets video messaging too
Skype for Windows 8 now gets video messaging too By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Skype Video Messaging for Windows now available in beta form
Skype Video Messaging for Windows now available in beta form By Rik Henderson

Already available in preview form for Mac, iOS and Android, many can now use Skype Video Messaging using the Windows desktop client (for Windows 7 or above). Skype for Windows 8 will add the feature soon, as will Skype for Windows Phone. The last two... Read more

Skype integrated with Outlook.com, call and IM from your email
Skype integrated with Outlook.com, call and IM from your email By Chris Hall

Skype is now available integrated into Outlook.com, meaning you'll be able to access the IM and calling service through Microsoft's inbox. Integrating Skype and Outlook.com is the latest move by Microsoft as it looks to move the popular calling service... Read more

Skype for BB10 now available in a preview for the BlackBerry Q10
Skype for BB10 now available in a preview for the BlackBerry Q10 By Jake Smith

The Skype app will finally makes it way to BlackBerry 10 with the launch of the BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry confirmed, filling a gaping hole in the BlackBerry World. When the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 were announced at the end of January, Skype... Read more

Skype for Windows Phone gets update, People Hub and HD video now included
Skype for Windows Phone gets update, People Hub and HD video now included By Hunter Skipworth

Skype initially launched with People Hub integration, then Microsoft switched it off and now, finally, it has returned.An update for Windows Phone 8 which should arrive this week will bring back the integration as well as add HD video chat. Provided you... Read more

Skype 4.6 for iPhone and iPad released, adds 'beautiful new calling experience' and more
Skype 4.6 for iPhone and iPad released, adds 'beautiful new calling experience' and more By Rik Henderson

Skype has released an update for its iPhone and iPad applications that add several tweaks and improvements, including a new calling experience that it describes as "beautiful".Alongside a number of fixes, including the fact that one-to-one chats will... Read more

Skype Video Messaging service goes live in UK and US
Skype Video Messaging service goes live in UK and US By Stuart Miles

Skype has rolled out a new feature for users of its latest version: Video Messaging. The new feature, if you've got it, can be found in the Conversations menu in Skype. It will allow you to record a video message and send it to other Skype contacts if... Read more

Skype 6.2 released for Windows and Mac, adding eGifting Skype credits
Skype 6.2 released for Windows and Mac, adding eGifting Skype credits By Jake Smith

Microsoft-owned Skype has announced several updates to its Windows and Mac application in version 6.2. The most notable addition is a new "eGifting" feature for both platforms, if you're not the physical gift-giving type. EGifting allows users to send each... Read more

Skype still slated for BlackBerry 10 devices, will be an Android app port
Skype still slated for BlackBerry 10 devices, will be an Android app port By Jake Smith

At its BlackBerry 10 launch event to close out January, BlackBerry had several big-name app companies demoing their respective apps. We saw the likes of Dropbox, Skype, and others. Skype for BlackBerry 10 isn't available on BlackBerry World as yet, but... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: GroupMe review (Android, iOS, BB and Windows Phone)
APP OF THE DAY: GroupMe review (Android, iOS, BB and Windows Phone) By Dan Sung

Communication, communication. If there were a programme about the most successful mobile phone apps hosted by Kirsty and Phil on Channel 4, that would probably be what it was called. It’s the What’s Apps of this world, the Skypes and the BBMs that... Read more

Secret Skype: Paid Skype
Secret Skype: Paid Skype By Pocket-lint Promotion

As our final article on Skype Up Your Life week on Pocket-lint, we have one more piece of Secret Skype advice that you might think worth taking. We talking about paid Skype, the other side to Skype that financially supports the rest of the model. You... Read more

5 tips for video calls: Body language
5 tips for video calls: Body language By Hunter Skipworth

A video call isn't just about what you say, it is about how you look and move. You can entirely alter a person's impression of you simply by changing your behaviour. So says non-verbal communications expert Mark Bowden - a man who excels in going... Read more

How to get Skype on your landline
How to get Skype on your landline By Pocket-lint Promotion

Skype doesn’t just have to be on your computer. In fact, Skype can be used to replace your conventional means of making a phone call. You can do away with your landline altogether and use one single Skype account across multiple devices, including your... Read more

Secret Skype: Voice messages and SMS
Secret Skype: Voice messages and SMS By Pocket-lint Promotion

Everyone knows about using Skype for its instant messaging abilities. Along with Skype calls, Skype-to-Skype IM is a core feature for the millions of users the world over. That isn’t the end of the messaging story, however, and, as part of Secret Skype... Read more

Extreme video calling: up high and down low
Extreme video calling: up high and down low By Dan Sung

We’ve looked at some fairly innovative ways that people are using video calling beyond just a simple means of communication; innovative but essentially standard. So, today as part of Skype Up Your Life week on Pocket-lint, we’re taking it up a gear.This... Read more

Professional tips for video calls: using your voice
Professional tips for video calls: using your voice By Dan Sung

As director, voice coach and joint artistic lead at The Bridge Theatre Training Company, Mark Akrill knows a fair few things about how to sound good when you speak. A published playwright, Akrill also holds voice workshops for businesses and groups on... Read more

Using Skype on the move
Using Skype on the move By Pocket-lint Promotion

Just because Skype needs an internet connection doesn’t mean you can’t take it away with you. The whole world is going wireless and Skype is moving along with it.A Mi-Fi or even a wireless connection on a train or aircraft is all you need to get Skype... Read more

Video calling overseas: getting in touch abroad
Video calling overseas: getting in touch abroad By Hunter Skipworth

Speaking to friends and family abroad isn't cheap. Just a phone call to the United States from the UK can cost as much as 19p a minute on a BT landline. Skype does away with those costs altogether and adds in video for good measure. Skype Week on Pocket-lint... Read more