At the Recode Code Conference in Palos Verdes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took stage to talk about Microsoft. During the interview, Microsoft demonstrated a breakthrough technology called Skype Translator. Nadella conducted a conversation with Skype chief Gurdeep Singh Pall, who 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. Skype Translator is a great example of why Microsoft invests in basic research. We’ve invested in speech recognition, automatic translation and machine learning technologies for more than a decade, and now they’re emerging as important components in ...

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In a short blog post Skype informed users it is testing a refreshed UI for a small portion of Windows desktop users and select Mac users.  The new UI aims to bring a clean and modern look to Skype, providing a coherent experience across all clients. The Skype team will be analyzing test results, gathering feedback, and fine-tuning the experience before releasing to the entire user base. The blog did not provide any screenshots of the new UI. Comment below have been lucky enough to receive the new UI. Source: Skype ...

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Microsoft Skype team today announced the availability of the long awaited feature in Xbox One Skype experience. Skype for Xbox One now offers a new Snap calling experience. Along with this new Snap experience, Microsoft reported that this update also includes a few other bug fixes such as improved start-up time to make Skype for Xbox One even better. As you’ll remember, Snap makes it possible to experience two apps on your Xbox One at once – like watching TV while looking up sports scores in Internet Explorer. Previously, you could only Snap other apps into Skype for Xbox One. With this update, the reverse is now possible, allowing you to now Snap a Skype video or voice call intoother app experiences. See your best friend’s face as you narrowly beat them in Forza Motorsport 5. Or watch your mom’s favorite movie while on a video call with her, the next ...

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Microsoft Skype has chosen hyper-connected beauty blogger Lara Eurdolian as their Beauty Ambassador. New York-based Lara is a blogger of fashion industry and she shares it on PrettyConnected.com. She also runs a company that mainly depend on Skype for their everyday communication. When asked about whether she uses Skype everyday, she said the following, Often with collaborations it’s great for updating clients and members of my team on where we are with timelines. For instance, in a previous partnership, bloggers across different categories (I was picked for beauty) were asked to design a wrap for their car. I was on a road trip at the time from LA to San Francisco and was using Skype to give my feedback and comments to my designer so we could create mine. She is also a Program Director for Family-to-Family a national non-profit hunger and poverty relief organization that “creates a bridge between communities with ‘more’ and some ...

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Guardian last year reported that Microsoft handed the NSA access to unencrypted Skype and Outlook.com messages. It said that Microsoft collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users communications to be intercepted. Microsoft responded to the allegations saying that they comply with US laws. The following was the response from Microsoft regarding Outlook.com messages data, First, while we did discuss legal compliance requirements with the government as reported last week, in none of these discussions did Microsoft provide or agree to provide any government with direct access to user content or the ability to break our encryption. Second, these discussions were instead about how Microsoft would meet its continuing obligation to comply with the law by providing specific information in response to lawful government orders. Today, Greenwald via his new books has revealed the documents which shows the discussion Microsoft and the US government had regarding PRISM program. It ...

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Microsoft today released a minor update for Skype app in Windows Store. This updated app v2.8.0.1001 now includes a neat feature where the favorite contacts added are synced across devices. Also, your favorites and recent conversations take up less space so you easily see your entire contact list. What’s new: - Favorites sync across devices – You’ll have the same list of favorite contacts synced across all your devices Less scrolling – Your favorites and recent conversations take up less space so you easily see your entire contact list Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft last year launched The Skype Collaboration Project, an online destination that focuses on the intersection between technology and creative industries. This project shines a spotlight on creative talent, including celebrated British fashion designer Victoria Beckham. Fashion designer, entrepreneur and style icon Victoria Beckham has shared the story of her remarkable journey through a collaboration with Skype. In just five short years, Victoria Beckham and her team have built a hugely successful international fashion brand and Skype has played a part in enabling them to achieve this. “I had been waking up every morning and feeling like I was juggling glass balls. I lived in LA, my business was run out of London, and most evenings I was in front of Skype speaking to my studio in London.” – Victoria Beckham. In the above video, you can watch Bag Snob’s Tina Craig in a Skype group video call with Victoria Beckham, joined ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are enabling free group video calling to everyone. For the last few years, Skype offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, they are making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And also, in the future, they’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost. When not in the office at Skype, I’m part of a cycling team with a group of four local friends. We’re training for a coast-to-coast charity cycling event but spend our weeks in separate parts of the world on business. As planning for our training days is a challenge, we often rely on Skype group video calls to stay connected. Now that Skype group video calling is available to everyone, free of charge, it makes our group ...

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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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