Microsoft today announced that Emirates Airline has chosen Microsoft Advertising for a large-scale advertising campaign that spans 25 markets and runs across services including MSN, Xbox, Windows 8 and Skype on four different screens (PC, TV, tablet and mobile). Read the full press release below. LONDON — April 16, 2014 — Microsoft Advertising announced Tuesday that it has been chosen by Emirates Airline and its media agency Havas Media Group as one of the key partners for its global brand campaign. The large-scale campaign spans 25 markets and runs across services including MSN, Xbox, Windows 8 and Skype on four different screens (PC, TV, tablet and mobile). The campaign aims to raise brand awareness among a target audience of football fans by driving views of the hero video — created by BBDO — featuring footballing legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele aboard Emirates’ flagship aircraft, the Airbus A380. This new campaign, ...

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Microsoft today announced an update to the Skype app on Xbox One. This version 1.3 available today includes two main improvements including the ability to set your Skype profile picture using Kinect and improved auto-zoon feature.  We know that your Skype profile picture says a lot about you, so with this release you’ll now be able to take a Skype profile picture using Kinect on your Xbox One. Or, if you prefer your Xbox One gamerpic, you can now also use that in your Skype profile.  We’ve also worked with the Xbox and Kinect team to bring enhancements to auto zoom so the people on the other end of the video call are getting the best possible picture experience. We found ways to better identify people in the picture, especially when there are multiple people in the room. The camera can adjust and see the entire family, even the little ...

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Microsoft today updated Skype app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This new update includes only one new feature and it is a significant one. You will be surprised to know that the option to sign of Skype is the new feature in this update! Description: Stay connected while you shop, read, watch and work. When you do more with Skype, there’s more to talk about. -Connect how you want, when you want. Chat, hear their voice, or get together face to face all within the comfort of one app. -Snap Skype alongside other apps to get more done or play a game together while you chat. -Share everyday things and special moments – files, photos, or even a video message. -Connect with anyone else on any PC, Mac, Android, iPad, Windows Phone, iPhone, Xbox One or more. Features: •Snap Skype alongside other apps. •Chat, share files and photos. ...

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In celebration of the release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and in the spirit of heroism, Marvel and Skype partnered to make something meaningful. Skype and its employees have raised funds to give a heroic 10-year-old Ugandan orphan named Kasiita Ben the educational tools he needs. Kasiita came to Skype’s attention because of students at George Street Middle School in New Brunswick, Canada. They’ve long been meeting with Kasiita and other Ugandan children over Skype as part of CHAT to the Future, a Skype in the classroom partner. CHAT is a nongovernmental organization that pays for rent, necessities and school fees for 17 orphans rescued from poverty and illiteracy in Kampala, Uganda. Students in over 40 North American schools are using Skype to establish meaningful relationships with their Ugandan friends, including helping to fund their living and learning needs. In reward for their own heroic fundraising work, Marvel and ...

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Microsoft today announced a new solution for broadcasters called Skype TX. This new product is a result of Skype’s recent acquisition of long-time broadcast partner Cat and Mouse. Skype TX is studio grade software that delivers high quality audio and video output to seamlessly connect broadcast and media productions with people around the world. Microsoft has even built a website called Skypeinmedia.com which showcases examples of how Skype has been used in media to enhance the broadcast experience. Features: •Powerful – Seamlessly adds full-frame Skype video and audio via SDI. •Responsive – User experience is optimized for broadcast workflow with API integration and call management. •Quality – A single, integrated production grade system to deliver professional audio and video calls. Skype video feeds processed into broadcast formats: •Free of audio/visual distractions such as call notifications and ads. •HD-SDI Video output/input •Balanced audio output/input •Auto aspect ratio conversion •Total control – ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the updated Skype app for Windows Store devices. With Windows 8.1, you can now pin Skype app to your taskbar. Microsoft also announced a new update for Skype app with Windows Phone 8.1  As with Windows Phone 8.1, we’ve made integration a priority to make sure our users have a great next generation experience. We know Skype users feel most connected to their friends and family when they can see their faces.  For the first time on mobile, you can easily upgrade your regular phone calls to Skype video calls. You can preview the feature in the current Store app, with more to come in the next few months. As part of Build, we also announced improvements to make your Windows 8.1 experience more accessible and familiar. Skype for Windows Modern is built for touch devices, but we know that many users use 2-in-1 devices and often ...

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In the recent years, design has taken the center stage of everything Microsoft does. Most of the Microsoft products, starting from Windows Phone to Windows Server now has great user experience. Recently, Microsoft even acknowledged the design momentum within Microsoft by giving Outstanding Technical Achievement 2014 award to Microsoft Design team. Read about it here. Microsoft today posted the above video in which various designers working on products across Microsoft discuss about their work at Microsoft. Meet designers from the Windows, Windows Phone, Skype and Research teams at Microsoft, and learn about what inspires their work. You can learn more about design at Microsoft from this microsite. Microsoft has united around design principles that are modern, intuitive, and implements a playful visual language that extends into our entire product portfolio, from Office to Bing to Windows Phone to Xbox, and beyond. ...

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Qik is a mobile video sharing service, that allowed users to record and share the experience with your friends, family and their favorite social networks. One of the unique feature of Qik is that it allowed users to stream live video from their mobile devices to the internet. Skype bought Qik back in 2011 for about $150 million. Since then, the app didn’t receive any major updates, but remained active. Today, Qik has sent out email to their users that the service will be shutdown on April 30th. Know more about it from the Q&A below. What is happening to Qik? On April 30, 2014, Qik.com will be retiring. This means all Qik mobile phone apps will cease to work, there will be no more software updates provided and Qik apps will be removed from all App stores. Videos uploaded, shared and embedded using Qik will no longer be available ...

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Microsoft today updated Skype for Android to v4.7 with a significant improvements in power efficiency. You can now leave Skype running all day on your phone without affecting your battery life. This update will offer aggressive battery savings that will allow most of the users to leave Skype running without noticeably affecting battery life. To achieve these amazing battery savings, we’ve temporarily turned off instant notification of messages in group chats. We realize group chats are important to those who rely on Skype for them, so we’d like you to know: •In the near future, you will be able to receive group chat messages instantly without additional battery impact. •If you can’t wait for that to happen, we’ve added a new setting to let you keep group chat notifications. Go to Settings > Notifications > check the “Sync group messages in the background” box. This version also includes the following ...

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Microsoft continues to bring significant updates to the Xbox One and today announced their first update for Skype for Xbox One since its launch in November. This list of improvements includes chat history sync, new Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Emoticons, contact filtering based on their online status, tutorial for first time users, and lots of bug fixes. #1 Improved Chat: We know that many of our users jump between using Skype on their PC to their phone and now to their living room. So we’ve been focused on enhancing this experience, keeping conversations in sync and reducing the number of missed messages to make your chat experience even better. Improved chat is now synchronized and comes with push notifications, alerting you when a new message arrives, and providing a longer chat history – up to 1,000 messages, rather than just the past 7 days. #2 Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ...

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Microsoft Skype Labs, in-house innovation hub at Skype is celebrating its five year anniversary. Skype Labs team is responsible for lots of innovation that has improved experience of more than 300 million monthly users, who use more than two billion minutes of Skype audio and video calls per day. To celebrate the anniversary, Skype team will showcase some of these innovations. As with any big birthday, Skype Labs’ anniversary was a special moment to look back at who we are, what we have been up to, and to reminisce on how we have realized our goals to invent, design, implement, and build compelling solutions and experiences for our users. We are a multicultural and geographically diverse applied research team. In Skype Labs, we have used our expertise in audio, video, computer vision, networking, machine learning, data mining, statistics, and quality of experience to create and deliver some of the fundamental ...

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An update for the Metro Skype app for Windows 8.1 has been released.  With this update, if you have Skype running on multiple devices, your read chats and picked up calls will sync automatically.  This update finally address the major pain points of Skype when the decision was made to kill off Windows Live Messenger. Other devices will stop ringing when a call is answered - When you pick up a call on any device and your modern Skype is on, the incoming ring will stop much faster. Whether you have Skype on a mobile, in your Outlook.com inbox, desktop, tablet or 2-in-1, Skype calls will sync up wherever you choose to take the call from. Synced chats – Your chat history and read messages also sync automatically across devices. This way, wherever you are, you can continue the conversation you started. You can also send an IM while someone is offline ...

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The Outlook and Skype teams jointly announced today that Skype for Outlook.com has rolled out worldwide. Changes include: Mac & Safari support HD video calling for PC users No more Ringing on other devices after the call has been picked up  To get Skype for Outlook.com simply download the plugin and visit your Outlook.com to chat or video call.   With Skype for Outlook.com, you can easily connect with your Skype friends right from your Outlook.com inbox, so you can go from chat or email to a video call with just one click. If you haven’t had a chance to it check out, getting started is easy. Just download the plugin, link your Skype account to find your friends and start a video call or send an instant message without having to leave your inbox! The latest version of the plugin now has Mac support for Safari, so you have even more ways ...

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Recode today reported that two of the Microsoft’s EVPs are leaving the company. The two people leaving are Tony Bates and Tami Reller. Tony Bates is currently the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Business Development and Evangelism group, responsible for the company’s relationships with key OEMs, strategic innovation partners, independent software vendors and developers. Before joining Microsoft through Skype acquisition, he held various positions including one at Cisco.  Tami Reller is currently executive vice president of Microsoft’s Marketing group, responsible for marketing to consumers and businesses globally. Eric Rudder, who is the EVP of advanced strategy at Microsoft will temporarily take up Tony’s duties as he will be leaving the company immediately. While Tami Reller’s job will be taken over by Microsoft marketing executive Chris Capossela. There is also an interesting change in marketing division. Chris Capossela will be now responsible for all of Microsoft’s marketing and advertising leaving Mark ...

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Nokia today announced a new range of entry level smartphones called Nokia X series. The first batch of devices will be Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL and all these devices will be running on Android AOSP platform. Instead of relying on Google, Nokia is integrating Microsoft’s services into Android platform. It includes Skype, OneDrive, Outlook.com and more. Skype team today detailed their Skype experience on all these devices. For the Nokia X family, we’ve specifically customized the Skype for Android app to bring you the same, great experience you get on existing Android devices. This means you’ll: Reach anyone, anywhere: Skype for Android complements the family of platforms on which you can enjoy Skype. Android users can connect with people they care about most on any device with Skype installed – PCs, Surface, Windows Phone, iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, Xbox Ones, Androids, Macs and even TVs. Always be ...

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Microsoft today released Skype for Mac 6.14 update. Microsoft has made some changes to improve compatibility with OS X Mavericks and has included some new features too improve the overall experience. Read the new features below. Do Disturb Did you know that you can turn off all notifications, such as new message sounds, by setting your status to Do Not Disturb? This feature has been in Skype for years, but sometimes it can be easy to forget that you’re in this mode and have muted the notifications. That’s why we’ve added a warning to the Notifications preference pane to remind you why you aren’t getting notifications in this state. Too busy to chat? If you are busy and have to decline an incoming call, the caller normally gets a busy signal. But if you have Voice messages set up, you now have the option to let declined callers leave you ...

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