At the Recode Code Conference in Palos Verdes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrated a breakthrough technology called Skype Translator. Skype chief Gurdeep Singh Pall was speaking German, while Skype provided real-time translation of the German into English and vice versa. Skype Translator results from decades of work by the industry, years of work by our researchers, and now is being developed jointly by the Skype and Microsoft Translator teams. The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition. Today at WPC, Microsoft demonstrated this Skype translator functionality to thousands of its partners. As usual, it was impressive. Watch the video demo and the Skype demo starts at 1 hour 50 minute mark. Watch the old demo videos below. Your browser does not support iframes. ...

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Microsoft today updated their Skype app in Windows Store. In April, Microsoft announced that their group video calling experience free to existing platforms, with additional device support coming soon. Today, with this app update, they are bringing the feature to Windows tablets and Windows 2 in 1 devices. Watch the video demo above to see how it works. We’ve found that most group calls take place between three or four participants.  When building the group video calling experience for modern Windows, we optimized so that the three most talkative people – plus yourself – are visible at the same time. However, you can be on a call with up to 10 people: their videos will show up once they start speaking. Also, if you want to see someone that isn’t currently talking, simply double tap on them and their video will go full screen.  To go back to the gallery of ...

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In what continues to be bad PR for Microsoft’s online communication service Skype, the service has been linked to the government again, this time to help process illegal aliens at the US/Mexican border.  Border Patrol agents have begun using online communication service Skype, to continue to process illegal aliens held in Texas detention centers.  Border Patrol sources told KFI Radio’s Steven Gregory that Murrieta agents can process up to 25 people per shift, depending on the amount of staff in the Texas facilities. The American government is experiencing a crisis at the Mexican border where thousands of children are illegally pouring into the United States, often with the help of drug cartels. Leaked documents from Edward Snowden linked Skype to the NSA, as an easy way for the government agency to snoop on conversations through backdoors. Source: Breitbart ...

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Matt Reeves, the director of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes movie has revealed to /Film that he directed few scenes of the movie over Skype. Not just one scene, this movie contains lots of scenes directed over Skype. In one case, the director wanted to change things that they already shot. As the actor Jason Clarke was in Rome shooting for another movie, he performed through Skype from his hotel. This is the first movie where I’ve ever directed scenes over Skype. And mo-cap enables you to do that. And actually that last shot, when I realized that that was not the right ending, I went to Weta and I said, okay, so we gotta do something different. And they’re like, well you’re gonna need a performance. So we did a thing where Andy was in London and he was at [his performance capture studio] the Imaginarium. And ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Skype for Windows Desktop. This Skype 6.18 for Windows Desktop release includes lots of bug fixes and improvements. Find the change log below. Fixed bugs: - Import contacts from Facebook showing empty for some users - Further sign in screen improvements to prevent empty - Messages showing wrong timestamp - There was a confusing message about group video being enabled because a participant has Skype Premium. We removed this as group video calls are free for everyone for a while now. - More stability improvements based on the feedback and reports from you here on the Community You can download latest Skype from www.skype.com/go/getskype.   ...

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Microsoft Skype team have been reading and listening to customer feedback ever since they launched the new redesigned Skype for iPhone and they have started incorporating many suggestions. Skype 5.1 update which was released last week included the ability to delete a conversation, edit a message and added a “Skype”-only contact filter, and more. Today, Skype 5.2 for iPhone was released with the following new features, •Voice message support: When you receive a new voice message from someone, it will show up in the conversation. To listen, just press play. •View contact profiles: Simply tap on any contact in your people list and then select profile from the “…” menu, and your contact’s mood message, Skype name, birthday, location and more will be available.  Additionally, if you are in a 1 to 1 conversation, you can just tap on the contact name in the header to bring up their profile. ...

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In an email sent to customers in the European Union, Microsoft announced that they will no longer charge customers with VAT tax during their purchase of Skype Credits. So, customers can only pay for the amount of credit they require at the point-of-purchase. Previously, the Luxembourg VAT rate of 15% generally applies if you are located in the EU and Skype products are purchased and used within the EU although products purchased in Switzerland attracts a local 8% VAT rate. The changes below are effective from 28 July 2014: Pay As You Go, Skype Credit, and Auto-recharge: For Pay As You Go calls, VAT is charged when you make the call. Call rates will be exactly what you pay for your calls, inclusive of taxes.  This makes it easy for you to clearly see how much your calls made from Skype cost. More information on our PAYG rates can be ...

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Skype is now offering a limited-time opportunity to win a Surface Pro 3 this June. You can win a Surface Pro 3 with Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM worth of $799 by using Skype. Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. To get involved, use your Skype account to call a minimum of 3 landline numbers or mobile numbers this week, before the 30th June when the competition ends. Visit this page to enter into this contest. If you are interested in buying it, you can order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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Skype today announced that they are going to retire the older versions(6.13 and below) of Skype for desktop soon. Same is the case for Skype for Mac (6.14 and below). Microsoft is planning to do it over the next few months as they are trying to improve Skype with latest features which are built upon recent Skype client. From now, they will be focusing their efforts on bringing the latest and greatest to the most recent versions of Skype. What are the benefits of the latest version? You’ll be able to enjoy lots of great improvements. Some highlights: Sending and receiving instant messages when your contacts are offline Viewing consistent and complete chat history across multiple devices Syncing read/unread status on all messages across devices What do I need to do if I’m using an older version? Don’t panic – whether you’re using Skype for Windows desktop or Skype for Mac, you ...

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Hot on the heels of releasing a major update for Skype for iPhone app, Microsoft today released an update in App Store. Skype 5.1 for iPhone is the result of Skype team listening to user feedback and immediately addressing those comments. Skype 5.1 for iPhone introduces some of the features you wanted most: You can now delete a conversation from the recent list with a long press on recents. You can also edit messages you’ve recently sent with a long press on the message. (Just as you can long press on an individual message to delete it.) Tap the “add favorites” link to easily fill your favorites screen with the people you contact the most. The People list now matches the desktop better: we have added the “Skype” filter; the “online” filter now includes users set to online, away and do not disturb; and best of all your filter settings ...

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Microsoft today announced an update for Skype for Linux with fresh UI and other new features. Skype for Linux version 4.3.0.37 will have the following list of new features, An updated UI Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support Lot of bug fixes Microsoft has also dropped support for direct Alsa support; You need to install PulseAudio 4.0 or greater for the best calling experience. Download the latest version ...

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Earlier this year, Microsoft announced their partnership with Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival that they will be bringing the music festival experience right into your living room through your Xbox. OneDrive is also partnering with Bonnaroo for bringing exclusive photos to their fans. OneDrive will give fans at the festival their own personal photo history of their Bonnaroo experience. Using the festival’s RFID wristbands, attendees can get exclusive photos from all of the performances that they check into when they link their OneDrive account to those wristbands. Music fans everywhere who are interested in photos from the history of Bonnaroo, or who want to follow along with photos from this year’s festival can head over to the Bonnaroo OneDrive collection. There, fans can find never-before-seen photos from every year of the festival, including official photos from 2014, straight from Bonnaroo’s photographers. The Complete Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Photo History ...

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As announced this week, Microsoft has released the redesigned Skype app for iPhone users. This update brings Skype app for iOS to the same UI which Windows Phone and Android users already enjoy. We’re excited for you to see how the new app has been redesigned to put your conversations first, providing you with a smoother, leaner and more integrated experience. Skype for iPhone is up to five times faster and it is also more stable and more reliable. Navigating through the new UI is easier and more fluid. Whether it’s creating a group chat, sending a photo or starting a video call, the new Skype for iPhone has been rethought to be simple and intuitive. New changes: Faster: You’ll notice the effort we’ve put into this overhaul as soon as you launch Skype 5.0 for iPhone. The new version is over 5 times faster than the old version. Smoother: ...

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Earlier this year, Microsoft announced their partnership with Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival that they will be bringing the music festival experience right into your living room through your Xbox. Various HD streams from the festival will be available for viewing. This new partnership will give Xbox users unprecedented access to the live Bonnaroo experience through an exclusive, interactive television event that will be streaming in high-definition where available. Enjoy live music like never before, with multiple streams featuring the best performances, biggest artists and amazing SuperJams. Today, they detailed the experience users can have at this festival. If you’re at home, Bonnaroo comes to Xbox, the exclusive broadcasting partner for the festival, for the first time. We will have great experiences to share at the festival, and with the live interactive music experience on Xbox One and Xbox 360, giving our fans the opportunity to experience Bonnaroo for the first time ...

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Microsoft today announced the redesign for Skype for iPhone. It has all the visual finish that iOS users expect, smooth animations and even a few features that aren’t just new for this version, but new to Skype altogether. Microsoft said that Skype 5.0 for iPhone shares a consistent look and feel with the Windows Phone and Android apps, while still optimizing for iOS’s unique strengths. Faster: You’ll notice the effort we’ve put into this overhaul as soon as you launch Skype 5.0 for iPhone. The new version is over 5 times faster than the old version. Smoother: As you swipe from conversations through to your favorites and then back to your contacts lists, you’ll notice how smooth scrolling and transitioning from screen to screen is – with delightful little pops and animations punctuating them. All without degrading the performance and battery improvements we worked so hard to achieve. More Integrated: ...

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Microsoft Skype team has added two new chat commands for Skype. These new commands can be entered into the message box of Skype from any client. The new /remotelogout and /showplaces commands allows you to control your Skype account login activity from anywhere. Read about it below. Controlling Skype across all your devices with /remotelogout:  The first of the two new chat commands that I want to discuss is /remotelogout. If you’re signed into your Skype account on multiple devices, this new command signs you out on all of them except for the device you enter the command on. When you type /remotelogout in the chat window and press send, you won’t get a confirmation of the command but you will notice its effect on other devices. You can even use it on your mobile if, for example, you exit the office in a hurry and forget to sign out. ...

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