In blog post on Skype blog, Microsoft discussed about how they worked to build a cross-platform software that enables Skype video in HD on a broad set of hardware, all with a consistent audio and visual experience. In the process of building it, they even invented many tech components to enable such experiences. In addition to delivering HD videos calls across the devices, Skype is also focusing on features like face tracking, improving low light conditions, new group experiences and more. From Skype blog, In the last two years, Microsoft has created cross-platform software that enables Skype video in HD on a broad set of hardware, all with a consistent audio and visual experience. We had to invent many of the essential tech components and, in the process, came to understand video in a way that makes our engineering team one of the most experienced realtime communication groups in the ...

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A group that calls itself the Syrian Electronic Army has gained access to the Skype social media accounts and is posting messages asking Skype to “stop spying on people.”  The Skype twitter account has over 3 million followers.  The group has also compromised the Skype blog.   Microsoft is aware of the situation and is working to resolve it. h/t @ProfJeffJarvis ...

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Gurdeep Singh Pall, Global Head of Skype and VP at Microsoft gave an interview to Day & Night News Consulting Editor Khushwant Singh on Fair & Square. He commented on Bill Gates that, “The most powerful man in the world in technology has no ego.” He worked at Microsoft on some significant projects like Windows ’95, Windows XP, Wi-Fi and Bing. In this interview, he talks about his early life in India, career at Microsoft and future of technology in our world. Asked about how the world would have been the world without Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, he said the following, “There are some secular trends in the industry which are immutable; they will happen regardless of whether certain people are there or not.” “If Bill Gates and Steve Jobs weren’t there, these things would have taken a lot longer to converge because you would have ended up with lots of ...

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In addition to tracking Santa on NORADSanta.org with help from NORAD and Microsoft, people can also call the NORAD command center right from the site by using Skype for free. As Santa departs the North Pole on December 24th, a touch-enabled 3D globe on NORADSanta.org will light up and follow his movements. With a modern browser like IE11 and a touch enabled device, you’ll be able to spin the globe with a swipe of a finger and pinch and zoom to get an in-depth look at Santa’s stops. Bing Maps is at the heart of the journey; whether you’re mapping Santa’s route on a computer or in an app, you’ll see beautiful, high-fidelity images. You can even visit Santa’s village at the North Pole, play new games daily, listen to music and watch videos. What makes NORADSanta.org truly interactive is that you and your kids can use Skype Click to Call to ...

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Few days back, we reported that Microsoft that is allowing Skype users to make free group calls, free group screen sharing, no advertising and access to live customer support, for free. All of these features are typically reserved for premium account holders but you can get them free for 12 months. This Skype Collaboration Project offer is still working. If you didn’t grab your offer code, do it now! Visit this page to make use of the deal, The Skype Collabration Project. After you enter your email address a code will be sent to your inbox. After the code is redeemed you see a message that shows a credit of $107.88. Some people receive their code instantly, while for some people it takes days. So, be patient if you didn’t get any code. It is better if you enter the Microsoft Account associated with your Skype account. ...

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Microsoft is running a new promotion called the ‘Skype Collaboration Project’ that is allowing Skype users to make free group calls, free group screen sharing, no advertising and access to live customer support, for free. All of these features are typically reserved for premium account holders but you can get them free for 12 months.  After you enter your email address a code will be sent to your inbox. After the code is redeemed you see a message that shows a credit of $107.88. I’ll update this post as we learn more about the motive behind this offer. Redeem: Skype Offer   ...

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Microsoft today updated the Skype for Android devices to v4.5 with many new features. Skype Android application now offers a picture in picture window that lets you see your video call even when you switch away to other applications. This gives Windows 8 Snap mode like experience to Android users. So, you can multitask while you’re on Skype video calls, as well as audio calls on your Android device. Also there is a new option to quickly jump from one letter to another in your contact list. Just pinch your contact list to zoom out to an alphabet and tap on the letter (or number / symbol option) to jump to that section. In addition, version 4.5 has several bug fixes and quality improvements, including: Improved Video Instant Messaging functionality overall, including fixes on latest Samsung phones Added compatibility for the Hudl tablet Fixed crashes on the Nexus 5 Drop down filter ...

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After ending their previous partnership with TOM few months back, Microsoft today announced a new partner in China to deliver Skype experiences. Guangming Founder (GMF) will be now operating Skype for Microsoft in China from now on. We are excited to share that an updated version of Skype is now available for users in China through a new relationship. Today, Skype and Guangming Founder (GMF) announced a strategic partnership to deliver Skype across multiple platforms, including PCs and mobile devices. Skype has been at the forefront of changing the way people communicate and GMF is a strong partner with a deep and rich understanding of mobile technology. Our shared excitement about communications and vision for the future will pave the way for us to enrich real communications in China. The beta period starts today, as we migrate users and update the Skype software in China. Users in China will receive ...

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  Skype on Xbox One will miss one key feature at launch. The ability to snap video calls while playing games won’t be available at launch but it will be made available in the future via updates. But it is integrated with Xbox Kinect’s voice commands, supports upto four people group video chat and more. Microsoft also confirmed that an update will be available on Day 1 which will allow users to use Kinect to update your profile picture and fixes several bugs. Read the top features of Skype on Xbox One below. No. 5: Notifications Now you’ll never miss a chance to connect with the people who matter thanks to notifications that pop up when you receive calls and messages, whether you’re playing a game like Forza Motorsport 5, watching live TV, or doing Xbox Fitness. No. 4: Wide View Camera with Auto Zoom and Pan With Kinect’s new ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the Skype experience in Xbox One console. Apart from the being a regular Skype app, Skype app for Xbox One really takes advantage of the platform to provide a great communication experience. They listed the following as the main features for Skype app, No. 5: Notifications Now you’ll never miss a chance to connect with the people who matter thanks to notifications that pop up when you receive calls and messages, whether you’re playing a game like Forza Motorsport 5, watching live TV, or doing Xbox Fitness. No. 4: Wide View Camera with Auto Zoom and Pan With Kinect’s new wide view lens and auto zoom functionality, the days of crowding everyone around the computer are long gone. With Skype for Xbox One, you can fit the whole family comfortably and easily into the frame so no one gets left out. And with auto zoom, the ...

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Last week, Microsoft Skype team announced that they are ending the Skype Desktop APIs to focus on improving other experiences around Skype. However, Skype team today announced that Skype Desktop APIs for call recording and compatibility with hardware devices is not going away. The investments we’re making in Skype – to a highly mobile, cloud connected world – come with some key changes to our application and service architecture, and by extension – our support for the Desktop API used by 3rd party developers to extend Skype functionality.  Previously we shared that we would retire the Desktop API later this year. However, I’m happy to share that we will be extending support for two of the most widely used features – call recording and compatibility with hardware devices – until we determine alternative options or retire the current solution. Although chat via third party applications, will cease to work as previously ...

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Microsoft Skype recently announced that they are discontinuing Skype Desktop API in order to deliver consistent experience across all the platforms. They have explained their decision with the following message, We’ve been working hard to develop new technologies and make improvements that will benefit Skype users across all platforms, especially on mobile devices. These changes will significantly improve the call quality and speed of delivery of instant messages, while retaining excellent battery life of mobile devices. As people are using Skype on more devices, we’re also working hard to create a more familiar and consistent Skype experience across all major platforms. The Desktop API was created in 2004 and it doesn’t support mobile application development. We have, therefore, decided to retire the Desktop API in December 2013. If you’d like to provide us with your feedback, simply start Skype and go to Help > Give feedback. Your opinion is important ...

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Luxembourg’s data protection commissioner is investigating Skype over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy program Prism, the Guardian has learned.  The Microsoft-owned internet chat company could potentially face criminal and administrative sanctions, including a ban on passing users’ communications covertly to the US signals intelligence agency.  Skype itself is headquartered in the European country, and could be fined if an investigation concludes that the data sharing is found in violation of the country’s data-protection laws.  Luxembourg’s data-protection commissioner initiated a probe into Skype’s privacy policies following revelations in June about its ties to the NSA. Luxembourg has attracted several large corporations, including Amazon and Netflix, due to its tax structure.  Its constitution enshrines the right to privacy and states that secrecy of correspondence is inviolable unless the law provides otherwise.  Surveillance of communications in Luxembourg can only occur with judicial approval or by authorization ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Skype experience in Windows 8.1. Skype app will come pre-installed in all Windows 8.1 devices and it allows users to have free text, audio and video chat among users. Apart from the Skpye’s own capabilities, Skype team has made the app to take advantage of all the new Windows 8.1 platform features. Skype team worked closely with Windows engineering team to make sure Skype was seamlessly integrated with Windows 8.1. For example, new to Windows 8.1, users can answer an incoming Skype call from their lock screen, launch apps side-by-side with Skype and scale to the size of your device. Being part of Microsoft has opened up doors and increased collaboration and innovation across products. With Windows, we had a unique seat at the table to help inform the product from the ground up. One such example is the ability for users to answer Skype ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Skype app for Android tablets. This new v4.4 brings in new look that puts conversations first, displaying your most recent calls and chats, improved video call quality up to four times the resolution of previous versions, with enhanced clarity and frame rates. In addition, Skype for Android 4.4 has several bug fixes and quality improvements: Accessibility improvements with full support for TalkBack screen reader Updates that address incoming call issues, including one that was causing phones to reboot Additional changes to audio routing Display and UX enhancements when switching orientation You can download the update starting today in the Play Store. It will be available for the Kindle Fire tablets later this month. ...

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In a blog post talking about technological improvements that were made in Skype to improve the overall experience over the last year, Skype team revealed that they are bringing synchronized chat message status across all of your devices. I assume with this new feature, you will be able to continue your conversation with someone exactly the same way across the devices at any points. Your unread messages, past conversations, etc, will all be synced. Along with introducing support for Microsoft account in October last year, the Skype cloud also added the ability to queue and deliver chat messages even if the intended recipient is offline – so you can be ‘always reachable’ to the people who matter most. With Windows Phone 8 (and soon across other Skype mobile clients), this technology enables you to receive notifications when new messages arrive regardless of whether the Skype app is running. We also ...

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