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This might be one of Microsoft’s greatest homages to Apple

Published Nov 14th, 2014 9:05AM EST
Skype Signal Strength Video: iPhone and Mac
Image: Microsoft Canada

Microsoft published a story on its Skype blog last week that was meant to highlight the power of its video chatting application. Per Cult of Mac, the video shows a recording of an orchestra playing in New York City over Skype, with its musicians actually being located in various subway stations. But inadvertently, the talented musicians were not the only stars of the show, as the Skype orchestra actually pulled everything off using only Macs and iPhones.

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“On a sunny September morning, mid Bryant Park, Ljova Zhurbin stood surrounded by an array of laptop-supporting folding chairs,” Microsoft writes. “With screens featuring 11 of the city’s celebrated subway musicians over Skype, the city’s first digital orchestra—once isolated within their separate subway stations—joined together in a timely beat. A beat that was created solely with the collaborative project ‘Signal Strength’ in mind.”

Even though this isn’t a TV commercial for Skype, it’s still highlighted on the official Skype blog with this title: Futuristic Orchestra Stars New York Subway Musicians & Skype. Microsoft Canada further picked up the story, publishing on its Facebook page on Thursday. That’s even though there’s no actual Windows computer, Windows Phone smartphone, or any other platform other than iOS and Mac OS X to show the power of Skype.

The full Signal Strength video follows below.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.