Skype Translator for Voice and Video Calls

Microsoft shows off its most incredible new product in years

By on May 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Microsoft shows off its most incredible new product in years

Microsoft at Re/code’s Code Conference revealed that it’s moving forward with its Skype voice and video call translation product, demoing on stage a pre-beta version of Skype Translator, which could be the final name of the product. The service will allow users to talk to each other via Skype in their own language and speech will be translated on the fly. More →

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Xbox One Best Features Skype

The Xbox One just got an incredibly cool feature that you won’t see on the PS4

By on May 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

The Xbox One just got an incredibly cool feature that you won’t see on the PS4

Now you have another reason to choose the Xbox One over the PlayStation 4. Microsoft announced this week that its Skype Xbox One app now has full Snap support, which means that you’ll be able to make voice and video calls while you’re watching a movie or playing a game. This adds a terrific new social aspect to the Xbox One because it means you’ll be able to watch movies or play games with your friends while interacting with them face to face. More →

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Skype Free Group Video Calling

Skype introduces free group video calling for PC, Mac and Xbox One

By on April 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM.

Skype introduces free group video calling for PC, Mac and Xbox One

One of Skype’s best features is now free for everyone. Skype announced on Monday that group video calling, which was previously a Premium-only feature, is now free for all users on the PC, Mac and Xbox One. It took years of requests from the community, but Skype wants to stay competitive in a very saturated field.  Plenty of other programs, including Google Hangouts, have allowed free conference calls for quite some time. Skype plans to expand the roll out to even more platforms in the future. In the meantime, Skype Premium is no longer available as the company attempts to refresh its service to account for free group video calls. Phone call subscriptions are still offered on the company’s website.

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Xbox One Skype Features

Here are the coolest Xbox One Skype features

By on November 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM.

Here are the coolest Xbox One Skype features

Microsoft has been hyping the media capabilities of the Xbox One for months, and Skype is one of the many entertainment apps featured on the console. Ars Technica paid a visit to Skype’s offices in Stockholm and got a full rundown of everything Skype can do on the Xbox One and some of the functionality that the team plans to add to the app down the road. More →

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Microsoft Skype 3D Video Calling

Microsoft is working on 3D video calling for Skype

By on August 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

Microsoft is working on 3D video calling for Skype

Now we know how Princess Leia projected her 3D image to send Obi-Wan a message: She installed Microsoft’s 3D video-calling Skype software onto R2-D2. Mark Gillett, who serves as Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Skype, tells BBC News that his company is working on creating 3D image capture technology that can project entire objects in three dimensions out of projectors. Although the company has prototypes up and running, Gillett said it would be many years before the industry developed a device ecosystem large enough to make selling the technology worthwhile. More →

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Skype Project Chess NSA

Secret Skype program aimed to make users’ calls ‘readily available’ to feds

By on June 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM.

Secret Skype program aimed to make users’ calls ‘readily available’ to feds

It seems that some major tech companies are being much more cooperative with law enforcement officials than they’d like to have us believe. The New York Times reports that Skype back in 2008 launched a secret program called Project Chess for the express purpose of making users’ Skype calls more “readily available” to intelligence agencies and law enforcement officials. Knowledge of the program, which was launched years before Skype was purchased by Microsoft, was limited to around a dozen people within the company and the Times‘ sources say that “the company had sometimes contentious talks with the government over legal issues.” The Times also notes that “Microsoft executives are no longer willing to affirm statements, made by Skype several years ago, that Skype calls could not be wiretapped.”

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Skype Market Share

Skype faces trouble on both desktop and iPhone

By on May 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM.

Skype faces trouble on both desktop and iPhone

It’s no surprise that AIM and Yahoo Messenger are collapsing, with unique visitor counts declining by about 30-40% year on year, according to comScore. But it is fascinating that Skype (-12%) and Google Talk (-15%) are now losing ground now. There is no doubt that Facebook’s messaging system is one major factor in the desktop messaging decline. Yet it’s hard to avoid the notion that the rapidly multiplying messaging apps on smartphones are the biggest headache for Skype right now. More →

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Microsoft Skype Outlook Integration

Microsoft embeds Skype directly into Outlook.com inbox [video]

By on April 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM.

Microsoft embeds Skype directly into Outlook.com inbox [video]

Here’s a good way for Microsoft to attract new users to its Outlook web mail platform that doesn’t involve convincing people that Gmail is too scary to use. Microsoft’s Skype blog announced this week that it has started rolling out a preview version of Outlook that will give users the ability to make Skype calls directly from their web browsers. The video demonstration that Microsoft has posted of Skype in Outlook shows that the integration is very smooth — when you click over someone’s email profile, you can now see voice and video calling icons that you can click to connect with someone over Skype. The preview version of Outlook is launching in the United Kingdom this week and will roll out in the United States over the next couple of weeks. Microsoft’s full video of Skype in Outlook is posted below. More →

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Skype 2 Billion Minutes

Skype seems miles behind WhatsApp on daily engagement

By on April 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM.

Skype seems miles behind WhatsApp on daily engagement

Skype just announced proudly that its users spend 2 billion minutes a day on Skype calls. It’s a big achievement, for sure… but considering how long Skype has been around, it’s also somewhat underwhelming. According to company comments from 2011, the average video call length was 27 minutes. If we estimate that the average Skype call including both voice and video calling is closer to 20 minutes, the 2 billion minutes a day figure would translate roughly to 100 million calls per day. This sounds decent enough — except that a cluster of mobile messaging app companies that debuted just a couple of years ago have already moved far beyond that level. More →

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WhatsApp Market Share

WhatsApp dominates download charts, but it may have a hidden weakness

By on March 21, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

WhatsApp dominates download charts, but it may have a hidden weakness

WhatsApp has reigned as the undisputed messaging app champion across dozens of countries over the past two years. However, huge download volumes in all these countries doesn’t necessarily translate to high consumer engagement. A research firm called Mobidia has provided BGR with a fascinating comparison chart providing a direct engagement level comparison between WhatsApp and its major rivals in some of the biggest mobile markets. Mobidia chose a cut-off-point of 2 MB per month to make sure it is counting only consumers who truly use a messaging app actively. More →

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Skype BlackBerry 10 Android

Skype ‘closely collaborating with BlackBerry’ to make sure ported Android app runs well on BB10

By on February 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM.

Skype ‘closely collaborating with BlackBerry’ to make sure ported Android app runs well on BB10

The bad news for BlackBerry (BBRY) fans: The BlackBerry 10 Skype app is an Android port and not a native app. The good news: Skype has told CrackBerry that it is “closely collaborating with BlackBerry” to make sure that the ported app runs smoothly on the new platform. Among other things, Skype says it plans to “open up some of the integration points available to native apps in the OS so that they can also be used by the Skype application” and thus “allow Skype users to see notifications, to start the app from the Hub, and to see their Skype contacts in the native phone book.” Although BlackBerry’s first BlackBerry 10 device is reportedly off to a hot start so far in terms of sales, the company is still finding it hard to get some key apps natively onto its platformCrackBerry’s Bla1ze, for one, comments that he’d “just rather see Skype go native” since “Skype isn’t hurting for any development money and creating a native BlackBerry 10 app isn’t hard.”

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Microsoft Skype hacking update

Microsoft temporarily shuts down Skype password resets amid account-hacking reports

By on November 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM.

Microsoft temporarily shuts down Skype password resets amid account-hacking reports

Microsoft (MSFT) isn’t taking any chances when it comes to reports that Skype users are having their accounts hijacked. Ars Technica reports that Microsoft has “temporarily suspended password-resetting capabilities for its Skype service” while it investigates reports that its users’ accounts are “vulnerable to account-takeover attacks that are trivial to carry out.” Microsoft’s Skype blog says that users who have multiple accounts linked to the same email address are vulnerable to hacking and that it is “reaching out to a small number of users who may have been impacted to assist as necessary.”

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Skype Replacing Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft is reportedly axing Windows Live Messenger for Skype [updated]

By on November 5, 2012 at 7:01 PM.

Microsoft is reportedly axing Windows Live Messenger for Skype [updated]

It’s not surprising that Microsoft (MSFT) plans to sunset Windows Live Messenger, especially now that it has the more superior Skype under its wing. According to The Verge, “Windows Live Messenger service will be retired in the coming months and integrated into Skype.” The tech blog believes an announcement could be made as early as this week. When BGR got a chance to go hands-on with the Skype for Windows 8 app and Windows Phone 8 app, we were told that ultimately Skype is the future. Even so, Microsoft reps said there’s still a huge market, particularly in Russia and Asia, where the MSN/Live brand is virtually synonymous with instant messaging. While Windows Live Messenger might be missed by those still clinging on to it, shifting to Skype will make the platform seamless on more products — smartphones, tablets and likely even future Xbox consoles. More →

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