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First update for Skype for Xbox One includes synced chats, push notifications
The first update for Skype for Xbox One is available, and it brings an improved chat experience, including synced chats if you jump between using Skype on your PC to your phone and your living room. Push notifications also are available, alerting you when a new message arrives, and providing a longer...
14 Mar 2014
Buck(y) up with these new ‘Captain America’ emoticons for Skype
You can now be the “captain” of your Skype emoticons – “Captain America,” that is, as well as four other limited-edition emoticons: the mysterious Winter Soldier, Nick Fury, Black Widow and Bucky, all featured in the upcoming film, “Marvel’s Captain America:...
13 Mar 2014
Microsoft Advertising launches Skype Connection Hub ads
Microsoft Advertising has launched a brand new ad unit, Connection Hub ads, which increase the scale of the Skype for Windows desktop offering to advertisers by five-fold, and is placed in the “grand central” of Skype for Windows: The Connection Hub. The Connection Hub is the starting point...
13 Mar 2014
Skype Labs celebrates 5 years; stay tuned for innovation showcases in the weeks ahead
Skype Labs, the in-house innovation hub, is celebrating its fifth anniversary of improving the Skype experience for the product’s more than 300 million monthly users, who generate more than 2 billion minutes of Skype audio and video calls every day. Adriana Dumitras, head of the Skype Labs team...
12 Mar 2014
You better work it! Show off your style on Skype in the Boyfriend Jeans Challenge
Fashionistas, it’s time to work it! Through Friday, Skype’s Boyfriend Jeans Challenge competitors can submit photos or videos on how to style this particular look, which involves more relaxed fitting, sometimes even baggy, denim and adding your own feminine flair with perfectly proportioned...
11 Mar 2014
Skype is blogger’s favorite travel accessory
Travel blogger Monica Suma calls both New York City and Romania home. But really, she’s at home around the world, and says with the help of Skype video calling, she has shared priceless travel memories and “Skype Moments.” Eight years ago, when she moved to New York City, she started...
10 Mar 2014
International Women’s Day profile: Meet Skype Android app engineer Kine Camara
Women who are inspiring change are being honored March 8 on International Women’s Day, and Kine Camara is one, having crossed traditional boundaries in her role as an engineer, a field still dominated by men. Camara, who was born in Senegal, says that she grew up interested in science but did...
7 Mar 2014
Skype celebrates women inspiring children in science, technology, engineering and math
Women who are using technology to inspire young women to get more involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are being celebrated by Skype ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, including three who use Skype in the classroom: · Heather Heenehan, a Ph.D. student...
6 Mar 2014
Tips on starting a Skype call using keyboard shortcuts
When you’re switching between instant messaging and calling friends, starting a call in Skype for Windows Desktop is easier if you can use keyboard shortcuts. In a post on Skype’s Tips & Tricks blog, Matthew de Beer reveals pressing Ctrl+R to start an audio call or Ctrl+Shift+R to...
5 Mar 2014
Students and authors read aloud together via Skype
Skype is joining LitWorld , an international nonprofit organization advocating for literacy, to celebrate World Read Aloud Day Wednesday. Skype in the classroom has gathered a global community of guest authors who will connect with students and teachers through video calls to share their love of reading...
5 Mar 2014
Skype on Outlook.com now available worldwide
Worldwide availability of Skype for Outlook.com was announced Tuesday. Now you can easily connect with your Skype friends right from your Outlook.com inbox, going from chat or email to a video call with just one click. Last year, a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com was released in some markets...
4 Mar 2014
Are you a rule-breaking entrepreneur? Celebrate with Skype and be recognized
Skype started as a rule-breaking idea, and rewrote the ways in which business is done. Are you doing the same thing with your business? Skype is a sponsor of the RuleBreaker Awards, and if you went off the traditional or expected path with your business, and changed the rules in the process, consider...
3 Mar 2014
Skype: Grandparent tested, and approved
Don’t let distance separate you from those you hold dear, especially grandparents! Skype is the perfect tool for keeping in touch when extended family members are far away. On the Play Blog , Jeff Bogle shares how his kids use Skype to bring their grandparents into the living room for Science...
28 Feb 2014
Win this Skype contest, and you could be on your way to Europe for two weeks
In “Rerouted: a Skype travel challenge,” travel blogger Mike Corey wound up bungee jumping in Italy, dancing in France and scuba diving in Greece. With the help of his friends on Skype and Twitter, Corey made it across Europe. Now, you have the chance to follow in his footsteps (bungee jumping...
27 Feb 2014
Say hello to Skype for the Nokia X family
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
Skype for the Nokia X family On Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft announced the release of Skype for the Nokia X family of smartphones. The Skype for Android app has been customized to bring Nokia X owners the same experience you get on Android devices. You’ll...
24 Feb 2014
O, The Oprah Magazine joins Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Skype to ‘Just Say Hello’
Even though many of us are more connected technologically than ever, it seems like we’re also more disconnected from each other as human beings. That isolation isn’t good for us psychologically or physically, and to help combat it, a new campaign by O, The Oprah Magazine, Dr. Sanjay Gupta...
21 Feb 2014
‘Today Show’ co-host Natalie Morales plays ‘Mystery Skype’ with students
Skype in the classroom is a great tool for bringing children together from around the world, and the “Mystery Skype” game makes such meetings even more fun and educational. The increasingly popular game has children ask questions to figure out the location of students in another classroom...
20 Feb 2014
Ask fashion designer Victoria Beckham your style questions on Skype
If you’ve ever wondered what life is like for a top fashion designer, you can find out by asking Victoria Beckham questions via Skype video message, and follow her fashion journey and creative inspiration on The Skype Collaboration Project. “The aim of the project is to shine a spotlight...
20 Feb 2014
It’s easy to take a hop, Skype and a jump to Windows 8.1
If you haven’t made the jump yet from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, it’s easy to do, writes Matthew de Beer on Skype’s Tips & Tricks blog. “I call it a jump but really it’s more of a short hop. Your files, desktop applications, user accounts and settings will come with...
19 Feb 2014
Stretch yourself with the first-ever Instagram Yoga Challenge with prizes from Skype
If you are a downward dog diva, or have the steel arms required to do the difficult Firefly pose, you can show off your flexibility with the first-ever Instagram Yoga monthlong daily challenge, beginning March 1. Skype will reward you for your exertions with prizes such as free vouchers for international...
19 Feb 2014
Busy? Skype for Mac 6.14 lets you manage your time and availability more easily
Skype for Mac 6.14 was released Feb. 19, bringing with it ways to better manage your availability online and changes to improve compatibility with OS X Mavericks. If you’re busy and have to decline an incoming call, the caller normally gets a busy signal. But in Skype for Mac 6.14, “if...
19 Feb 2014
Lync-Skype connectivity v2 adds video calling, enterprise-grade security and best-of-breed audio
The first public demonstration of video calling between Lync and Skype was shown this week at the Lync Conference in Las Vegas, and is part of Lync-Skype connectivity v2. “We believe that this release offers numerous enhancements for any business. You’ll find Lync-Skype connectivity now...
19 Feb 2014
Video calling between Skype and Lync is part of next step of universal communications
Skype made video calling between consumers everywhere possible, and Lync delivered cost-effective HD video calling and meetings over the Internet for enterprises. “Today, we’ve taken this a step further by demonstrating video calling between Skype and Lync, making it possible for consumers...
18 Feb 2014
Sing-alongs via Skype lift spirits of snowed-in third-graders
Children’s songwriter and singer Roger Day recently used Skype to entertain third-graders in Alabama stuck in their classroom because of snow. Harsh snowstorms in the Southeastern U.S. recently forced students and teachers in some cities to spend the night in their classrooms, no fun...
17 Feb 2014
Show us where you use Skype, win prizes
Skype makes it easy to stay in touch with family and friends, but there are more ways to use Skype than sitting in front of a desk or staring into your laptop. You can use Skype from any room in the house on your tablet, and on many smart TVs. So, get comfy on the couch when you call the grandparents...
14 Feb 2014
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