Microsoft has released Skype WiFi app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Skype WiFi app allows you to f=get online at over 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world. You can make use of pay per minute with Skype Credit. If you are a frequent traveler, then this is a must-have app for you. Features: Reduce your data roaming costs when you’re abroad Use Skype WiFi to connect to WiFi hotspots at hotels, airports, train stations, bars and restaurants – available at over 1 million hotspots worldwide Just one tap or click to connect – then browse the internet, check email, use Skype, check Facebook, update Twitter, upload photos, download music or ebooks Only pay for the time you’re connected – there are no limits on the amount of data you can upload or download Great low per-minute prices, wherever you’re connecting: With Skype WiFi, you can go ...

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Microsoft Skype has recently launched a new website to demonstrate the power of Skype and the impact it is making among peoples lives everyday around the world. They have launched a new contest called Skype “Stay Together” story contest where you need to tell how Skype makes you stay together with family and friends. Do you use Skype to stay close with your family and friends? Tell us about it for a chance to win1 your own impossible family portrait and a trip to see your family.  After you share your story, it’ll show up in the gallery along with your location and photo. Open to legal residents of the 50 US (+D.C.) 18+. Ends July 22, 2013. Prize paid in the form of a $10,000 travel certificate. The above video is a story of Lindsay, Lindsay – Gulf Shores, Alabama/Perth, Australia When Lindsay graduated college, she was a little lost ...

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Skype introduces “Stay Together,” a new campaign via Pereira & O’Dell. The “Stay Together” ads strive to have a powerful emotional connection with the audience instead of focusing on the technology itself; in this case, to keep family and friends in touch despite long distances. A similar type of ad has been recently seen in the Apple “Made in California” commercial. AdAge reports: The first in the series is “The Impossible Family Portrait,” featuring Denis, separated from his family in Uganda and trying to keep in touch with his family and adopted son, over Skype. There’s also “Animal Family Portrait,” [below] about a zookeeper who had to leave Australia but still keeps in touch with her animal friends, and “The Growing Up Family Portrait,” about 10-year-old Julie and her cousin in Brazil. There’s also a contest where Skype asks users to share stories of how they use the service to ...

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Skype has redesigned their Android app with version 4.0 to look and feel more like the app does on Windows Phone.  The android Skype app has been rebuilt from the ground up to be faster and more reliable. The focus was on stability, performance, and load time.  Skype claims this version has major improvements in allowing users to fire off a quick message, or access contacts and favorites. Microsoft promises more updates in the coming months and year ahead “to make Skype for Android even more reliable, reachable, and mobile-friendly.”  No word on Skype for Windows Phone as of yet.  From what we’re hearing the Windows Phone group has truly adopted the “Shut-up & Ship” motto, and we will likely not know more about Skype being built into Windows Phone until Q1 2014. Unfortunately, it appears Skype is now using Microsoft’s marketing group: Source: Skype ...

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Skype, like many other pieces software, collects a large amount of feedback.  Here is what they have been hearing from their customers: Make Skype more reliable, and less power hungry. Be nice to my battery life. Pretty self-explanatory, and the work is never done. Messaging needs to be easier and at my fingertips. People use a lot of different apps for messaging – and it’s very easy to switch back and forth, using the one that feels right in the moment. While Skype is known best for calling (recently exceeding 2 billion minutes in one day!), our users also send tens of billions of chat messages every month to the people they care about most. They simply want it to be more convenient. I now use Skype on multiple devices, so make the experience fast and familiar. More and more of our users have Skype on their phone, tablet, and ...

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The Verge is reporting that Skype will indeed be built into the final version of Windows 8.1.  This was expected as the messaging app had been neglected since its release in 8.0, and it was not included in the Windows 8.1 preview.  Skype support will be built into the lock screen, as was demoed in the keynote yesterday, and you will be able to receive voice and video calls without logging in. Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion over two years ago.  Back in April Microsoft forced Live Messenger users  to start to migrate over to Skype. Source: The Verge ...

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To raise money for a well known children’s charity, Comic Relief, Daniel Hughes set out to climb Mount Everest and make a Skype call from the highest point on Earth.  Daniel set the goal of being the first person to wear Comic Relief’s trademark red clown nose atop of Mount Everest and show it to the world via the highest-ever Skype Video Call. Satellite company Inmarsat and smartphone-maker HTC were the first to come aboard (HTC became Daniel’s lead sponsor).  Daniel explains, “It wasn’t just about making a Skype Video Call from the top of Everest. It was really about bringing people with me and letting them be part of the journey.”  Daniel titled his undertaking Everest Million and aimed to get a million individuals to each donate a single British Pound.  Daniel started the ascent of Everest – blogging and doing Skype calls the whole way. He says, “While all the other climbers were resting up for the ...

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As the release of Windows 8.1 nears some information has started to leaks.  MyDigitalLife forum member Faikee has posted a good bit of information regarding Windows 8.1.  Among this is a new feature in IE11 in the public preview of Windows 8.1. For a long time Skype has had a feature called “Click to Call.” This feature recognizes phone numbers while browsing the web, putting a sort of hyperlink around it, and clicking on the phone number will load Skype and let you call the number. Microsoft has decided to embrace and extend this feature in Windows 8.1.  You now have the option of loading an app of your choice when IE11 recognizes a phone number.  I’m guessing Skype will be a prime choice from Microsoft.  Each user on a machine can set their own default program. Source: MyDigitalLife   ...

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Microsoft Skype today announced that the video messaging feature which was in beta period so far has now graduated into final version. Skype video messaging is now a free feature in Skype for Windows desktop, Skype for Windows 8, Skype for Mac, Skype for iPhone, Skype for iPad, Skype for Android and Skype for BlackBerry. Yes, not yet available for Windows Phone devices yet! With Skype video messaging, you can now record and share a personal video message when the other person is not available. They can be able to view your video message as soon as they sign into Skype. Recording a Skype Video Message is simple: •First, tap the “video message” button. •Next, tap the record button to capture your video message. •You can record a message of up to three minutes, which can be previewed prior to sending. If you’d like to, you can delete and re-record ...

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Skype team today released an update for Skype app for Windows 8 which brings in enhanced HD videos call support and improved video messaging experience. New Features: Enhanced HD Video Support We’ve added support for HD video in select scenarios. Depending on the sender’s camera, available network bandwidth and the receiver’s setup on x86 devices, callers may be able to send 720p video and receive 1080p video, thereby improving the overall quality and performance of the video call. Video Messaging continues in Preview We continue to improve video messaging and encourage you to try it. Video messaging enables you to share life moments with contacts whether they’re off or online. With this release we improved the stability of video messaging and made video messaging easier to find with improved notifications. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Almost two years ago now Microsoft gained approval from all governments, including the European Union, on its acquisition of Skype.  The European Commission allowed Microsoft to buy Skype without having to make any concessions. Cisco was not happy about this, as they have their own video conferencing solutions, and has been against Microsoft’s purchase from the beginning.  Cisco along with Italian fixed-line and Internet telephone provider Messagenet SpA is now going to the EU’s second highest court, in Lexembourg, to appeal the European Commission’s decision to approve the deal.  Cicso will argue that the Commission made several “manifest errors” in assessing the $8.5 billion Microsoft-Skype deal.  In addition Cisco will argue that the combined company’s dominant share in the communications market gave it the ability and the incentive to refuse to provide data that would allow rivals to work with the merged firm’s products. The last time a company successfully challenged the Commission decision ...

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The Xbox One will be bringing along many of the features found in the Xbox 360, but in new and improved ways. Skype will be included in the Xbox One and will now allow users to make group calls. The Kinect now also includes a 1080p camera, so full HD calls should now be possible. Microsoft also showed Live TV on the Xbox. The Xbox One can integrate with cable TV systems and even show users their TV Guide. Users will be able to switch channels by simply using their voice and naming a network. DVR functionality and a Blu-ray drive are now also built into the Xbox One. An newer build of IE was shown running on the Xbox One. “Snapmode” was shown using IE, wbich allows IE to be snapped to the side while using another app or watching live tv. It worked in a similar manner to ...

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Few days back Microsoft released preview version of Skype desktop app with Video messages feature. Today, Skype team updated the Windows 8/RT modern UI app with support for video messages features. Skype video messages allows you to send recorded videos to someone as messages. They look like the above screenshots. Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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Microsoft Skype today announced some stats about the service used by millions of people around the world. People are spending more than 2 billion minutes connecting with each other on Skype in a day. To put that in a perspective, That’s enough time to travel to the moon and back over 225 thousand times, walk around Earth more than 845 times or travel to Mars more than 5,400 times. 2 billion minutes is more than 33 million hours of people singing, laughing, joking and staying in touch. That means 1,388,000 days of togetherness which make up more than 3,805 years of sharing or nearly 38 centuries of time spent on Skype in one day. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Skype ...

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Microsoft today updated their Lync app for Windows 8/RT devices along with Skype app. The updated Lync app brings in enhanced ink capabilities, bug fixes, performance improvements and more. What’s new: - Added buttons to provide faster access to Back, Search, Mute, and End Call - Enhanced ink capabilities in IM conversations - Additional language support - Bug fixes and performance improvements Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft has updated the Skype app for Windows 8/RT devices. The update is now available for download from Windows Store. This update brings in the new feature which gives the ability to transfer files during conversation and some bug fixes. What’s new: - Send files and photos - Performance improvements - General fixes Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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