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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At Lync Conference 2014 held at Las Vegas, Microsoft made few announcement regarding its communications platform. Microsoft’s communications platform mainly comprises of two parts, Skype on consumer side and Lync on enterprise side. Microsoft is making progress in both these sides individually and also trying to bring them together. For example, Microsoft demonstrated video calling between Skype and Lync, making it possible for consumers and businesses everywhere to use video for nearly every conversation. “The coming years will bring an even more dramatic transformation as we enable people everywhere to take advantage of rich communications for all the important relationships in their work and personal lives,” he said. “Consumers that already enjoy Skype will be able to easily reach businesses from the devices and services of their choice, and to take advantage of chat, voice, video and content sharing as they see fit. Professionals will be able to connect in ...

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If you are using Skype on multiple devices, then you would have faced the difficulty of keeping conversations in sync, or they’ve missed messages and seen “read” messages on one device that are still marked as “unread” on another, etc. Microsoft was working on fixing this and has finally rolled out the fix to public users. Now, push notifications make sure you know when you have a new message in chat, and Skype chats are synced across all of your Skype-enabled devices. You can scroll back on your mobile phone to see the conversation you had on your laptop just as easily as the chat you had with your best friend on your smartphone about a recipe. Also there is a no ‘read’ notification system that will make sure that your message was read at the other end. We also understand the importance of knowing that messages you send have ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of v6.13 of Skype for Windows desktop. This updated version fixes the issue which caused high CPU usage when Skype for Windows desktop is running with Chrome as your default browser. Also Skype team has fixed few other bugs including enhanced stability during both group video call and in High DPI mode. Skype Desktop features the following, Calling: Stay in touch. Make free Skype to Skype calls or call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. Video: Seeing is believing. Catch up face to face or get a whole group together on a video call. Messaging: At your fingertips. You’re always in the loop with instant messaging, voice messaging and sending texts. Sharing: Share your world. Send photos, videos and files of any size. Get that secret recipe off grandma in seconds. Download Skype for Windows desktop 6.13 for free. Source: Skype ...

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Microsoft is often labelled as a packaged software vendor to Enterprises and OEMs in the media. They are largely ignored as an owner of various web properties that come in most visited lists. comScore recently released their monthly ranking of U.S. desktop web activity at the top online properties for December 2013 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service. Yahoo Sites came at top in the Top 50 Properties (Desktop Only) with over 195 million unique visitors followed by Google at No.2 with 192 million unique visitors. Microsoft came at No.3 position with 175 million unique visitors. Microsoft’s web properties includes MSN web portal, Bing search engine, Outlook/Hotmail, Skype and other official websites like Xbox.com, Microsoft.com, etc. To put Microsoft numbers in comparison, Facebook and AOL which are primarily web companies trails behind Microsoft in this list. Source: comScore ...

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Microsoft has updated their Skype for iOS app with two new improvements. The app now allows users to enjoy 2-way high-definition video calls on the iPhone 5s. The second feature is the Skype notification support in the lockscreen. You can now have your Skype messages on your iOS homescreen which will allow you to enjoy the latest messages without even unlocking your device. What’s New in Version 4.17:     Two-way HD video calls are now supported on the iPhone 5S. Receive chat messages even when Skype is closed. Chat messages now sync much faster across all your devices. Download Skype iOS app here from App Store. ...

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